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In These Times with Rabbi Ammi Hirsch

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Every other week, Rabbi Ammi Hirsch hosts intellectually honest conversations unpacking current events through the lens of Jewish wisdom. Unbound by politics and untethered by party lines, Ammi and his expert guests discuss everything from race and antisemitism to all the other issues that keep you … read more

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February 22nd, 2024


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Ora Hirsch Pescovitz

February 15th, 2024


Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz is the president of Oakland University and was among the first to issue a statement condemning the October 7th Hamas attack …

Liel Leibovitz

February 1st, 2024


One of the Jewish world's great thinkers, writers and podcasters, Liel Leibovitz discusses his ideological homelessness, Judaism’s life-changing …

Kai Bird

January 18th, 2024


Celebrated biographer of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Kai Bird discusses the brilliant physicist's triumph, tragedy and legacy.

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Ari Shavit

January 4th, 2024


The massacre on October 7th was a turning point in history. Political analyst Ari Shavit discusses the immeasurable and long-lasting consequences …

Adam Nagourney

December 14th, 2023


New York Times national political reporter Adam Adam Nagourney discusses his new unauthorized history of The Grey Lady over the past four decades and …

Einat Wilf and David Hazony

November 30th, 2023


Alongside the shock, mourning, grief, and mobilization of war, there is also revelation. Returning guest Dr. Einat Wilf and author and editor David Hazony discuss the aftermath of October 7's "Black Sabbath" and its …

Dara Horn

November 16th, 2023


Acclaimed author Dara Horn explores the reasons “people love dead Jews” — and why the idea of Jewish power makes non-Jewish society so uncomfortable.

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Yaakov Katz

November 1st, 2023


The Jerusalem Post's military correspondent for nearly a decade and its editor-in-chief for seven years, Yaakov Katz helps us understand how Israel ended up in this war and what might happen next...

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Israel at War

October 19th, 2023


With Israel at war, Rabbi Ammi Hirsch delivers a blunt yet uplifting message answering the question on all our minds: "What can we do?"

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Daniel Gordis

October 5th, 2023


The civil unrest in Israel — centering around the judicial overhaul — is an unprecedented existential crisis that threatens to tear the country …

Re-CHARGING Reform Judaism

July 6th, 2023


In this special episode, we air Rabbi Ammi Hirsch's keynote speech from Re-CHARGING Reform Judaism, a historic grassroots gathering of some 300 Reform leaders at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue to address the key challenges …

Wesley K. Clark

June 22nd, 2023


Retired General Wesley K. Clark is a warrior and a scholar. Amid a rising tide of authoritarianism washing across the globe, the former NATO supreme …

Alana Newhouse

June 8th, 2023


Tablet Magazine Editor-in-Chief Alana Newhouse believes the real debate today is not between the left and the right, but rather between those who think there's something fundamentally broken in America and those who do …

Jason D. Greenblatt

May 25th, 2023


One of the main architects of the Abraham Accords, Jason D. Greenblatt discusses his appointment by President Trump as special envoy for the Middle East and how the failed Israeli-Palestinian peace plan gave way to a …

Ted Deutch

May 11th, 2023


During his six terms in Congress, Ted Deutch saw so much effort being poured into performative and pugnacious politics at the expense of the greater …

Einat Wilf

April 27th, 2023


Why is a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so elusive? Dr. Einat Wilf thinks the answer is simple, but that we've been unwilling to accept …

Ken Burns

April 13th, 2023


The best-known documentary filmmaker in the world, Ken Burns is a master storyteller — and a patriot in the truest sense. His 35 films on subjects such as baseball, jazz, Mark Twain, the Civil War, and now the U.S. and …

Eric Fingerhut

March 30th, 2023


As the head of the Jewish Federations of North America, former U.S. Congressman Eric Fingerhut bears the responsibility of working with partners who often don't see eye to eye. He views that cooperation as key to the …

Michelle Goldberg

March 16th, 2023


Michelle Goldberg has her finger on the pulse of the progressive left. The New York Times columnist sits down with our Rabbi Ammi Hirsch to discuss …

Peter J. Hotez

March 2nd, 2023


Perhaps today’s most prominent advocate for COVID-19 vaccines, Dr. Peter J. Hotez is struggling to untangle politics, anti-science and antisemitism — …

Stephen J. Dubner

February 16th, 2023


Raised Catholic, Stephen J. Dubner discovered his family's Jewish past later in life — and Judaism called to him from within. That same inquisitive …

Beatrice Weber

February 2nd, 2023


After she left her turbulent arranged marriage of more than 20 years, her ultra-Orthodox community shunned her. Now Beatrice Weber is fighting to …

Matti Friedman

January 19th, 2023


Since arriving in Israel as a teenager, journalist Matti Friedman has spent his life and career trying to make sense of the Jewish state — and why it receives such outsized coverage.

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Ronald S. Lauder

January 5th, 2023


A successful businessman, a generous philanthropist and one of the Jewish world's most important leaders, Ronald S. Lauder wasn't involved in Jewish …

David Horovitz

December 15th, 2022


In a special episode just ahead of the expected announcement of Israel's most far-right governing coalition in history, Times of Israel's founding editor David Horovitz unpacks the elections and their potential …

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

December 8th, 2022


Feminist icon Letty Cottin Pogrebin discusses her new book "Shanda," delving into the secrets and feelings of shame that defined her Jewish upbringing, celebrating the strides women have made, and framing the fight for …

Batya Ungar-Sargon

November 10th, 2022


Does it feel like everything you read in the news is somehow slanted? Newsweek's Batya Ungar-Sargon presents her carefully researched history of …

Amanda Berman

October 27th, 2022


There are some people who'd have you believe it's impossible to support liberal causes and be a Zionist. But as founder and executive director of Zioness, Amanda Berman is fighting as hard as she can to reclaim …

Yehuda Kurtzer

October 13th, 2022


Being Jewish has always been complicated. Listen as Rabbi Ammi Hirsch and Shalom Hartman Institute’s “Identity/Crisis” podcast host Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer examine how the success of assimilation has made negotiating our …

Julia Jassey

September 29th, 2022


Julia Jassey didn’t set out to lead the charge against antisemitism on college campuses, but a brush with casual Jew-hatred her freshman year changed …

Yossi Klein Halevi

July 28th, 2022


An eloquent advocate for peace and coexistence, Yossi Klein Halevi didn't start out that way. Hear how this former militant Jewish extremist is reaching across the divide to model a new kind of conversation between …

Rachel Fish

July 14th, 2022


What happens when universities prioritize the pursuit of social justice theories over the search for truth? Hear from scholar/warrior Dr. Rachel …

Jonathan Greenblatt

June 30th, 2022


What would make a wildly successful entrepreneur switch gears and devote himself entirely to battling antisemitism? Hear how Jonathan Greenblatt went …

Eve Barlow

June 16th, 2022


Eve Barlow was living her dream as one of the world's top music journalists when one simple tweet in support of Israel turned her world upside-down. Hear Eve's inspiring story of courage in the face of overwhelming hate …

Natan Sharansky

June 2nd, 2022


He sought passage to Israel and he paid the price: nine years of hard labor in a Soviet prison. But the gulag only hardened his resolve. Hear Natan …

Hussein Aboubakr Mansour

May 19th, 2022


He was born in Cairo and raised in a traditional Arab Muslim family. But by the age of 11, Hussein Aboubakr Mansour became radicalized and aspired to jihadism. Hear the unusual story of one man’s journey from innocence …

Official Trailer: In These Times with Rabbi Ammi Hirsch

May 5th, 2022


Every other week, Rabbi Ammi Hirsch hosts intellectually honest conversations unpacking current events through the lens of Jewish wisdom. Unbound by …

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