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UNPACKED – Watch Why So Many Jewish Teens Study This Ancient Music Notation

UNPACKED – Watch Why So Many Jewish Teens Study This Ancient Music Notation   Ta’amei Hamikra, or as it’s called in Yiddish, “trope,” is a millennia-old system of music symbols that determines how each word in the Torah is recited. Alth

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UNPACKED – Does the United States fund Israel? U.S. Foreign Aid Explained

UNPACKED – Does the United States fund Israel? U.S. Foreign Aid Explained Americans tend to overestimate how much the U.S. gives to other countries in foreign aid. Many assume that the U.S. gives 25% of their budget to other countries through foreig

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UNPACKED – How The Protestant Reformation Affected Jews

UNPACKED – How The Protestant Reformation Affected Jews In the early 16th century, life for the Jews remained unstable as they faced violence perpetrated by the Catholic church. After years of devotion, Martin Luther sparked one of the largest revol

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UNPACKED – Saadiah Gaon and the Jewish Golden Age

UNPACKED – Saadiah Gaon and the Jewish Golden Age In the early Middle Ages, while most Jews lived under the Islamic Caliphate, Judaism was being torn apart from within. Somehow Judaism survived, thanks to the brilliant writer and deep thinker, Saadi

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UNPACKED: Maimonides: The Philosopher Rabbi – The Jewish Story

UNPACKED: Maimonides: The Philosopher Rabbi – The Jewish Story Every day, tens of thousands of students study the Mishneh Torah, The Guide for the Perplexed, and dozens of medical works written by Rambam, also known as Maimonides, one of the most fa

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UNPACKED: How Rashi Decoded Ancient Jewish Texts | The Jewish Story

UNPACKED: How Rashi Decoded Ancient Jewish Texts | The Jewish Story Anyone who opens the Talmud will see commentary written by Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, better known as Rashi. In this episode we explore who Rashi was and why his writing has been considered

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UNPACKED: How a 500 Year Old Book Shaped Jewish Practice | The Jewish Story

UNPACKED: How a 500 Year Old Book Shaped Jewish Practice | The Jewish Story At the dawn of the 16th century, both Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews relied on oral traditions of Jewish law – Halakha. Both groups passed down their own unique customs. Howeve

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UNPACKED: Meet 669: the IDF’s Elite Airborne Evacuation and Rescue Unit

UNPACKED: Meet 669: the IDF’s Elite Airborne Evacuation and Rescue Unit For soldiers in 669, the IDF’s Airborne Combat Rescue and Evacuation Unit, every day is unpredictable. After all, this special forces rescue unit is dispatched when things go

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UNPACKED: Watch-Can Jews Be Antisemitic? | Antisemitism, Explained

UNPACKED: Watch-Can Jews Be Antisemitic? | Antisemitism, Explained When a Jewish person expresses anti-Jewish ideas, is that antisemitism? It might sound odd, but yes. From the Middle Ages until the present day, there are plenty of examples of Jewish peop

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UNPACKED: Do Jews Cause Antisemitism? | Antisemitism, Explained

UNPACKED: Do Jews Cause Antisemitism? | Antisemitism, Explained It may sound bizarre, but a shockingly large number of people believe that Jews cause themselves to be hated. For centuries, bigots have blamed racial, religious, and sexual minorities for th

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UNPACKED: What does the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan mean for Israel and the Middle East?

UNPACKED: What does the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan mean for Israel and the Middle East?   By Sara Himeles What does the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan mean for Israel and the Middle East? As Americans and the West process the rapid collapse of

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UNPACKED: Watch Is Criticizing Israel Antisemitic? | Antisemitism, Explained

UNPACKED: Watch Is Criticizing Israel Antisemitic? | Antisemitism, Explained Is criticizing Israel anti-Jewish? Not necessarily. Israel—like all countries—is, and should be, subject to political criticism over its conduct. However, in many places wher

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UNPACKED – 10 spiritual hacks to embrace during Elul

UNPACKED – 10 spiritual hacks to embrace during Elul By Unpacked Staff Elul is a special time on the Jewish calendar that is meant for reconnecting to our more spiritual side. (Side note: These tips work any time of the year, but the sages believed

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UNPACKED: Watch-Beyond Left or Right: Whose Fault is Antisemitism?

UNPACKED: Watch-Beyond Left or Right: Whose Fault is Antisemitism? While the Holocaust may be over, antisemitism is still very much alive. So, whose fault is it? And how do we address it? The sad truth is that antisemitism has always been spread by offend

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UNPACKED – Why is Antisemitism Still Around? | Antisemitism, Explained

UNPACKED – Why is Antisemitism Still Around? | Antisemitism, Explained Why is it that even post-Holocaust, Jews experience a large percentage of the world’s hate crimes, despite being less than 0.2% of the world’s population? That’s because th

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UNPACKED: Watch-Is Tel Aviv’s Crazy Mess of a Bus Station an Architectural Failure?

UNPACKED: Watch-Is Tel Aviv’s Crazy Mess of a Bus Station an Architectural Failure? Also A Brief History of Tel Aviv A Brief History of Tel Aviv  

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UNPACKED – How A Secret War Between the USSR and Israel Almost Caused World War 3

UNPACKED – How A Secret War Between the USSR and Israel Almost Caused World War 3 Could a secret war between the USSR and Israel have started a third world war? Although the USSR supported the founding of Israel, their relationship started to sour a

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UNPACKED Watch: How Israel Reshaped Jewish Culture

UNPACKED Watch: How Israel Reshaped Jewish Culture Many Americans define their Judaism culturally rather than religiously. But with Israeli-Jewish influences becoming increasingly prominent, is there still a role for American-Jewish cultural life in the f

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UNPACKED – This Tisha B’Av, Jews are wondering, what’s next?

UNPACKED – This Tisha B’Av, Jews are wondering, what’s next? By Sara Himeles and John Kunza “My eyes are spent with tears, my heart burns, my being melts away over the ruin of my poor people.” These words from Eicha (the Book of Lamentations

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UNPACKED – Why a Druze is the Jewish Agency’s next emissary

UNPACKED – Why a Druze is the Jewish Agency’s next emissary By Sara Himeles The Jewish Agency — which works to strengthen connections between Jews across the globe and Israel — just announced its newest emissary to the U.S.: Gadeer Kamal-Mree

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UNPACKED – The Single Word That Changed My Life | The Power Of

UNPACKED – The Single Word That Changed My Life | The Power Of Words can hurt more than we think. Sometimes we underestimate the power and effect that what we say has on others. Bullying and name calling leave scars that may not be easy to see, but

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This Week Unpacked: The Biggest Jewish Stories

This Week Unpacked: The Biggest Jewish Stories Israel has fought six wars with neighboring Arab countries, confronted two Palestinian intifadas, and endured numerous terrorist attacks since its establishment in 1948. In this reality, to defend the Jewish

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UNPACKED: Watch How a Group of Housewives Beat the Nazis

UNPACKED: Watch How a Group of Housewives Beat the Nazis In July of 1938 32 countries and 24 NGOs attended the Évian Conference, convened by Franklin D. Roosevelt to solve the pressing problem of Jewish refugees. Over the course of the nine-day conferenc

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UNPACKED – Israeli Politics Explained – Right, Left, Elections, Netanyahu, and Everything in Between

UNPACKED – Israeli Politics Explained – Right, Left, Elections, Netanyahu, and Everything in Between.    What parties make up the Knesset — Israel’s parliament? A party needs at least 61 seats to form a government, but no single part

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UNPACKED – What is Hamas?

UNPACKED – What is Hamas? Understanding Hamas

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UNPACKED: Watch Magnum Opus of a Monster: Faces of the Holocaust.

UNPACKED: Watch Magnum Opus of a Monster: Faces of the Holocaust. Maria Mandl, an art and music aficionado, was one of the highest ranking female SS officers of the Nazi party. Known as “The Beast”, Mandl was ultimately held responsible for the death

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UNPACKED: The Boxer who Fought for his Life at Auschwitz

UNPACKED: The Boxer who Fought for his Life at Auschwitz Salamo Arouch, a young Jewish boxer from Greece, was sent to Auschwitz in 1943. Suddenly finding himself in brutal matches staged to “entertain” the Nazi SS officers, the undefeated Balkan light

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UNPACKED:Why are there so many Ultra-Orthodox Jewish TV Shows?

UNPACKED:Why are there so many Ultra-Orthodox Jewish TV Shows? It’s easy to think that Haredi (“ultra-Orthodox”) communities are all black and white. But the increase in TV shows and films that portray the complexities of Orthodox Jewish, especially

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UNPACKED – Who Are Israelis, Really?

UNPACKED – Who Are Israelis, Really? What you may not know about the vibrant society that makes up Israel is that day to day life in Israel is so much more than the narrow keyhole view that much of the world understands! Israel is a democratic state

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UNPACKED: Watch Zionism: New Goals & Old Struggles – Prof. Gil Troy

UNPACKED: Watch Zionism: New Goals & Old Struggles – Prof. Gil Troy In celebration of Israel’s 73rd Independence Day — Yom Ha’atzmaut — we are sharing professor Gil Troy’s essay “Why I am a Zionist.” Twenty years ago he wrote this affi

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UNPACKED – Zionism: The Backstory: Was Zionism a Form of Colonialism? | The Israeli-Palestinian Context

UNPACKED – Zionism: The Backstory: Was Zionism a Form of Colonialism? | The Israeli-Palestinian Context This week on Unpacked, we are moving on to part two of our new six-part series The Israeli-Palestinian Context. In this episode we trace the rich

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UNPACKED – How Mizrahi Music Took Over Israeli Pop

UNPACKED – How Mizrahi Music Took Over Israeli Pop Why did Mizrahi artists have such a hard time breaking into Israel’s mainstream music scene? Over just a few decades, Mizrahi music crossed cultural and social boundaries, introducing Israel’s d

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UNPACKED – How Israel Reshaped Jewish Culture

UNPACKED – How Israel Reshaped Jewish Culture   Many Americans define their Judaism culturally rather than religiously. But with Israeli-Jewish influences becoming increasingly prominent, is there still a role for American-Jewish cultural life

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UNPACKED – Watch The Unique Phenomenon of the IDF’s Lone Soldier?

UNPACKED – The Unique Phenomenon of the IDF’s Lone Soldier? Imagine traveling alone, across the world, to volunteer for another country’s army. Meet the lone soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, the IDF. ​​​​Did you know that the I

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UNPACKED – Watch The Surprising History of the Star of David

UNPACKED – Watch The Surprising History of the Star of David Learn more about Marc Bennett’s Star of David Project here: https://starofdavidart.com/​ The history of the Star of David is more than a little murky. So how did two overlapping tr

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Unpacked – How Israel Reshaped Jewish Culture & Who Decides Who is a Jew?

Unpacked – How Israel Reshaped Jewish Culture & Who Decides Who is a Jew? Many Americans define their Judaism culturally rather than religiously. But with Israeli-Jewish influences becoming increasingly prominent, is there still a role for American-

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UNPACKED – What Will Relations Between the US and Israel Look Like Under President Joe Biden?

UNPACKED – What Will Relations Between the US and Israel Look Like Under President Joe Biden?   First The MLK’s Jewish Connection Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy of change through nonviolence and civil disobedience is well known. Yo

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UNPACKED – Watch When Being Jewish Feels Unsafe

UNPACKED – Watch When Being Jewish Feels Unsafe Two-thirds of American Jews say they feel less safe than they did a decade ago — and the threat of physical violence has never felt more real. Despite the shocking events of the past few years, Jews

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UNPACKED – Watch How Education Kept Judaism Alive

UNPACKED – Watch How Education Kept Judaism Alive Why has Judaism survived for thousands of years? Along with rituals and communities, a major factor in the endurance of Judaism is the central role of education. In fact, teaching and learning has pr

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UNPACKED – Tikkun Olam: Is it Jewish?

UNPACKED – Tikkun Olam: Is it Jewish? Tikkun Olam might literally mean “fixing the world,” but it’s commonly understood as “Jewish Social Justice.” But what’s so Jewish about the idea of fixing the world and when did people decide it was

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UNPACKED – The Scholarly Debates of the Talmud

UNPACKED – The Scholarly Debates of the Talmud Tens of thousands of people around the world study the Talmud, a seemingly endless Aramaic encyclopedia packed with hard-to-read and even harder-to-understand text. But what exactly is this millenia-old

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UNPACKED - Watch: The Mishnah - Writing Down Jewish Law

UNPACKED – Watch: The Mishnah – Writing Down Jewish Law With the destruction of the Second Temple, the rabbis feared for the survival of Jewish life and practice. After generations of strong leaders kept learning alive, the Oral Law was writte

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UNPACKED – Judea Under Roman Rule

UNPACKED – Judea Under Roman Rule When the Roman army arrived on the shores of the Holy Land in 63 BCE, no one could have imagined the havoc they would wreak on the Jews of Judea. By destroying the Temple, they forever changed how and where the Jews

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UNPACKED - Why Do Presidential Candidates Care So Much About Israel?

UNPACKED – Why Do Presidential Candidates Care So Much About Israel? Israel has jokingly been called the 51st State of the United State of America and both Israel and the U.S. seem to be in the midst of a hot and heavy geopolitical love affair. In a

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UNPACKED - Watch The Return of The Jewish Temple

UNPACKED – Watch The Return of The Jewish Temple It’s fall again (winter is coming!). We’ve celebrated the High Holidays and in the cycle of the weekly Torah portion we’re right back to chapter one, reading about the beginning of the world, th

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UNPACKED - Watch: Why Did Hassidic Jews Get Hit Hard by Corona?

UNPACKED – Watch: Why Did Hassidic Jews Get Hit Hard by Corona? We’re all suffering from the effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. #coronafatigue Israel has already suited up for “Lockdown Round 2” and other parts of the world look set to

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UNPACKED - WATCH -The Story of Israel and Iran

UNPACKED – WATCH -The Story of Israel and Iran Iran used to be Israel’s sole ally in the Middle East, but it now regularly calls for Israel’s destruction. How did these two countries go from being close regional partners to sworn enemies? Find o

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UNPACKED - Podcast: Israeli History with Noam Weissman

UNPACKED – Podcast: Israeli History with Noam Weissman     Go behind the scenes of Israeli history with self-confessed history nerd Noam Weissman. Each week, he offers a fresh perspective on some of the most controversial and interesting e

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UNPACKED - A Kingdom Divided - The Fall of Israel

UNPACKED – A Kingdom Divided – The Fall of Israel It was supposed to be divinely gifted, so how (and why) did the much-vaunted Jewish kingdom fall apart after just 80 years — and what happened next? To answer these questions, we’re scrolli

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UNPACKED - King David and The United Monarchy

UNPACKED – King David and The United Monarchy The United Monarchy may only have lasted a brief 80 years, but the merger of the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah had a huge impact that reverberates to this day. We’re examining how the unification came a