Podcast

  • Why a chicken?

    Ben Harris filed a report on the feud between animal-rights activists and Chabad-Lubavitch Chasidim over kapparos. Here’s his interview with Rabbi Shea Hecht about why the pre-High Holiday ritual must performed with a chicken. Audio sound funny? Upgrade your Flash player. To subscribe to JTA’s Behind the News podcast, click here. More ▸

  • Gutkind sees Jerusalem through a writer’s eyes

    In the following podcast, author Lee Gutkind, whose most recent book is “Almost Human: Making Robots Think,” speaks with JTA Israel correspondent Dina Kraft about seeing Jerusalem through a writer’s eyes. Gutkind, who has been dubbed “the godfather of creative non-fiction” by Vanity Fair, has performed as a clown for Ringling Brothers, scrubbed in with… More ▸

  • Parsing the Russian-Georgian conflict

    JTA’s Grant Slater, on the ground in Georgia, talks to JTA Senior Editor Lisa Hostein about the conflict, the Jewish rescue and relief effort and the debate over who’s responsible for the current mess. Audio sound funny? Upgrade your Flash player. To subscribe to JTA’s Behind the News podcast, click here. More ▸

  • Huckabee on Jerusalem

    JTA Israel correspondent Dina Kraft interviews former Gov. Mike Huckabee during his two-day visit to Israel. The former GOP presidential candidate is visiting Israel courtesy of the Jerusalem Reclamation Project, the U.S. fund-raising arm for Ateret Cohanim, a Jewish organization that buys Arab properties in eastern Jerusalem to boost the Jewish presence in Arab neighborhoods… More ▸

  • Sharanksy on Solzhenitsyn

    Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky shares his recollections of the Russian literary giant Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who died Sunday in Moscow at age 89. Audio sound funny? Upgrade your Flash player. To subscribe to JTA’s Behind the News podcast, click here. More ▸

  • Rosh Hashana Girl (and Guy) Come to Israel

    Michelle Citrin and William Levin Dina Kraft, JTA’s Israel Correspondent met up in Jerusalem with singer Michelle Citrin aka Rosh Hashana Girl and her creative partner and friend William Levin. They are the team who brought the world the two YouTube hits “Twenty Things to do with Matzah” and “I Gotta Love You Rosh Hashana”… More ▸

  • Walt & Mearshimer take on “The Lobby” in Israel

    Stephen Walt, at the podium, with “Israel Lobby” co-author John Mearshimer and Israel activist Uri Avnery at a speaking engagement in Tel Aviv on June 12, 2008. Photo by Dina Kraft. In the following podcast, JTA’s Israel correspondent Dina Kraft speaks with Harvard Professor Stephen Walt, co-author of the controversial book “The Israel Lobby” who,… More ▸

  • Artist envisions new state for Jewish discontents

    In this podcast, JTA German correspondent Toby Axelrod interviews Ronen Eidelman, an Israeli artist studying abroad in Weimar, Germany, whose senior thesis project – seeking the establishment of a Jewish state in Germany – which launches this coming Sunday, is already ruffling some feathers in Germany and abroad. You can read Ms. Axelrod’s full story… More ▸

  • Thomas Friedman in Israel

    JTA correspondent Dina Kraft caught up with New York Times columnist and author Tom Friedman in Tel Aviv last week, where he was speaking at a conference sponsored by the Reut Institute, an Israeli think tank. Audio sound funny? Upgrade your Flash player. To subscribe to JTA’s Behind the News podcast, click here. More ▸