A century ago, close to one-third of Baghdad’s population was Jewish. Today, just five Jews remain. We explore the story of Jews in Iraq, from Nahum the prophet to a Jerusalemite grandmother who became the unlikely champion of kidnapped Yazidi girls.
Repentance, prayer, and charity, we are told, are our saving graces when Yom Kippur comes around. And, of course, confession is a big part of that trifecta. But do we still get the coveted brownie points if that confession took 30 years?
After visiting two of Israel’s most visible walls, we shift gears to slightly more abstract ones—walls, both new and old, that you might have a harder time finding on the ground, but will show us where we came from and where we’re going
Some call it the ‘security fence,’ while others prefer the ‘West Bank barrier.’ But to most around the world it is known simply as ‘the separation wall.’ Our series continues with a visit to what is perhaps the most divisive symbol of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But as usual, we’ll go beyond the politics, to the people.
To kick off our new season, we begin a four-part series about some of Israel’s most famous walls with a roller coaster of a mystery. It begins with Israeli paratroopers liberating the Kotel, continues with a symbolic midwar birth, and ends up going in the most surprising direction imaginable.
In our season finale, we explore two songs that—perhaps more than any others—capture the complex and intermingled nature of Israeli society: a military band’s hit that, in its afterlife, became an anthem for peace, and a rap tune penned by the country’s leading novelist
In a music scene dominated by Ashkenazi culture, Mizrahi singers had to patiently pave their way to the Israeli mainstream one song at a time. In Part III of our miniseries, we meet two Yemenite trailblazers, who took very different approaches to their heritage.
We continue our musical journey through the intricacies of Israeli society. And this time we explore a song that, ever since the dramatic month that forever changed Israeli history, has become the soundtrack of the country: ‘Jerusalem of Gold.’
From Tell El-Ful, an abandoned hilltop in East Jerusalem, you can see all the way from Amman to Tel Aviv, from Jerusalem to Ramallah. Its history stretches from the biblical King Saul to the bearded King Hussein, and includes tales of raped concubines, the Six-Day War, and pot-smoking teenagers.