Parshat Shemini: When fanaticism kills
The shortest parsha in Genesis poses some of the most difficult questions
Do good intentions matter?
Just in time for the start of the new Torah cycle, check out our latest podcast for an engaging conversation about Adam, Eve, and the little-known truth behind that other creation story.
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.