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Israel Story is an award-winning podcast that tells true stories you won't hear on the news. Hosted by Mishy Harman, the bi-weekly show brings you extraordinary tales about ordinary Israelis. The show is produced in partnership with Tablet Magazine. For Hebrew episodes, see סיפור ישראלי, or go to our website: israelstory.org

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It’s Giving Tuesday, and we really hope you’ll support our show. But because we don’t want to ask for your help without giving something in return, we produced a special bonus, as our way of saying thank you. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mishy goes to the Freedom Farm near Netanya, and chats with Dani Pudim, the educational director. Together they meet Shirley, Iris, Orna, Maital and Orly - the farm’s five turkeys. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In an episode that explores a central religious taboo and pushes the boundaries of what many might deem acceptable within Jewish tradition, we ask whether Cat Stevens was on to something when he sang that the "first cut is the deepest." Zev Levi scored and sound-designed the episode with music from Blue Dot Sessions. Sela Waisblum created the mix. The end song, Bidyuk Kmo SheAni ("As I Am"), was written and arranged by Ravid Plotnik (Nechi Nech) and Shai Or, and performed by Plotnik. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Forgotten glasses, a misplaced eye (!) and an ancient jacuzzi? In today’s episode - the first in a two-part series on losing and finding - we explore what we find when we lose things, and what we lose once we find them. Zev Levi scored and sound-designed the episode with music from Blue Dot Sessions. Sela Waisblum created the mix. The end song, El Borot HaMayim ("To the Watering Holes"), was written and arranged by Naomi Shemer and performed by Rona Kenan. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On Christmas Eve 2014, Erwin Prabhu and Tali Aronsky met in a wine shop in Jerusalem. This was the start of an unusually close bond. In our most recent episode - “Soul Food” - we heard Tali’s side of the story. Now, all the way from Bangalore, we hear Erwin’s.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
70: Soul Food

70: Soul Food

2021-10-2501:02:53

While we (sadly!) won't be sampling fried okra, collard greens or macaroni and cheese, our seventieth episode introduces us to two women for whom soul and food are completely intertwined. Yochai Maital and Zev Levi scored and sound-designed the episode with original music and music from Blue Dot Sessions. Sela Waisblum created the mix. The end song, ABCD, is sung by Shaizee, Abie and Sol Harman. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
You probably never thought an innocent story about the history of the pig industry in Israel would be upended by a massive exposé revealing decades of pedophilia and abuse. Think again.  While working on our most recent episode, a seemingly unrelated news article had massive implications for a nearly-completed story.  Naomi Schneider edited and scored this special with music from Blue Dot Sessions. Sela Waisblum created the mix.  Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
69: Pigging Out

69: Pigging Out

2021-10-1101:12:49

BLTs and pork chops are not the first things that come to mind when you think about Israel. But, as it turns out, the Holy Land and swines go way back. In today’s episode, we go down a piggish path to encounter this most unlikely of Israeli animals.  Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
68: No Place Like Home

68: No Place Like Home

2021-09-2701:04:031

Sukkot is the Jewish holiday of temporary homes. And in our episode today we hear two very different stories - the first about one of Israel's most popular children's books and the second about a South Sudanese asylum seeker. But both of them are, deep down, about the same thing - making a home.  Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In our season opener - 'A Day at the Y' - we heard from forty-nine people hailing from eleven different countries. But we actually spoke to hundreds and hundreds of folks, whose stories you didn't get to hear. One of them was Estee Rose, the sport center's customer experience manager and a local Zumba icon. And we didn't tell her story because our friend Shaina Shealy had already done so, beautifully, on the wonderful podcast "Snap Judgment." So as a special bonus, we are re-airing it just for you! Want to receive more *bonus* content and hear episodes ad-free? Head to 'Israel Story' on Apple Podcasts and click on the banner.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
67: A Day at the Y

67: A Day at the Y

2021-09-0601:13:43

What many of us missed most during the pandemic was a sense of community. So, for our Season Six opener, we went to a place which is all about community - in fact, it's even called a community center - to find out what it feels like when a diverse community tries to regroup.  Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
And... We're Back!

And... We're Back!

2021-09-0102:04

At the end of a sweltering summer, and just in time for the New Year, we are coming back! Season Six Starts next week. Join us for yet another wonderful Israel Story journey. Here's a little taste of what's coming your way. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Bonus: "America"

Bonus: "America"

2021-03-1605:08

This is the time of year when all our producers are out and about, travelling around the country, interviewing people, and preparing the stories we’ll hear next season. But since we never like to be out of touch for too long, we wanted to share a little treat - Amichai Chasson’s poem, “America,” translated from Hebrew by Vivian Eden, and read by Mishael Zion. Also, please fill out our listener survey and help shape the future of our show! We want to hear from you! Simply head to israelstory.org/survey.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Bonus: R&R, Revisited

Bonus: R&R, Revisited

2021-02-0820:00

On Friday morning, Rut Dayan passed away, a month and a day shy of her 104th birthday. And in celebration of her long, meaningful and impactful life, we replay R&R - a story of an improbable friendship from our 2016 episode Besties. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
66: Game Changer

66: Game Changer

2021-01-2952:111

With the fate of the 2020 - now 2021 - Tokyo Olympic Games still up in the air, our season finale tells the story of a dream to introduce a sport to a nation, and a nation to a sport. But it is a dream made up of as many tears of pain and disappointment as it is of joy and triumph. Joel Shupack scored and sound-designed the episode with music from Blue Dot Sessions. Sela Waisblum created the mix. The episode’s end song is Lifney She’Yigamer (“Before it Ends”) by Idan Raichel.  Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Like everything else in life, stories die. And, more often than not, we are the killers. Today we give you a behind-the-scenes peek into some of the stories you didn't get to hear this year. Skyler Inman produced this episode, and Zev Levi scored it with music from Blue Dot Sessions. Alicia Vergara created the artwork for the episode. The end song, Chalom Kehe (‘Dark Dream’), is by Assaf Amdursky.  Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
64: Tell Saki - Part II

64: Tell Saki - Part II

2021-01-2156:411

We conclude our two-part Tell Saki story by returning to the soldiers after the battle and following their respective journeys - full of pain and regret, but also full of longing and camaraderie - in the years since the Yom Kippur War. Yochai Maital produced, scored and sound-designed the episode. Mishy Harman edited it. Sela Waisblum created the mix. Thanks to our dubbers - Shlomo Maital, Boaz Dekel, Suri Krieger, Shai Avivi and Dror Keren. Thanks also to the Friendship and Heritage Foundation - an NGO set up by the survivors of Tell Saki to commemorate their fallen friends - and to Dan Almagor, Daniel Jankovich, Shai Satran and Sharon Rapaport. Some of the primary written sources for our Tell Saki project include Hallie Lerman’s Crying for Imma, Menachem Ansbacher’s memoir, Rsis MiMagash HaKesef, and Robby Rijkmans’ book of published correspondence between the Tell Saki survivors – ‘Knights Without Armor.' Much of the music in the episode is by cellist Leat Sabbah, with additional music by Doug Maxwell and Yochai Maital. The end song is Nifgashnu Shuv ("We Met Again") is sung by Dudu Zakai, music and lyrics by Shaike Paikov. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As a little respite from the intensity of war explored in our two-part Tell Saki series, we replay a short piece of fiction by our beloved Etgar Keret. And, as a special bonus, we include highlights of a conversation we held with Etgar during lockdown.  The Facebook Live event was produced by Marie Röder and Yoshi Fields, with music from Blue Dot Sessions. Alicia Vergara created the artwork for the episode. Thanks to Julie Subrin and Or Matias. The end song, Atid Matok (‘Sweet Future’), is by Mashina. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
63: Tell Saki - Part I

63: Tell Saki - Part I

2021-01-0501:03:511

We embark on a two-episode journey back to the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and specifically to one small hill - a dormant volcanic tell - in the southern Golan Heights. There, we follow a group of young IDF soldiers who, trapped in a small bunker for thirty-six hours, went to hell and back.  Yochai Maital produced, scored and sound-designed the episode. Mishy Harman edited it. Sela Waisblum created the mix. Thanks to the Friendship and Heritage Foundation, an NGO set up by the survivors of Tell Saki to commemorate their fallen friends. Thanks also to Aviram Barkai, Moshe Givati, Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History, Halli Lerman, Reuven Gal, Boaz Dekel, Suri Krieger, Sharon Rapaport and Ya’akov Seh Lavan for his help in fact-checking this story. Ya’akov also leads tours of Tell Saki and runs an escape room experience on the mound. Much of the music in the episode is by Leat Sabbah, with additional music by Jorge Mejia, Doug Maxwell and Yochai Maital. The end song, Adaber Itcha (I Shall Talk to You), is sung by Chava Alberstein. Its lyrics were written by Rachel Shapira, and its music by Alona Turel. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On the very first day of 2021, when so many of us are busy making New Year’s resolutions and embarking on new and hopeful journeys, we re-air one of our favorite stories, all about a quixotic, improbable, yet inherently optimistic, search for love.  Dana Ruttenberg read the story. Thanks to Mitra Kaboli, Paul Ruest and Julie Subrin. The end song, Ha’Hizayon Le’Francisco Goya (‘The Epiphany of Francisco Goya’) is by Ehud Banai, with lyrics by Pinchas Sadeh.  Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter at israelstory.org/newsletter/. For more, head to our site or Tablet Magazine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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coffee

making propaganda won't make you any less of a hypocritical, cowardly nation built on war crimes

Nov 13th
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Christopher McGalliard

I love this show so much

Mar 29th
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Christopher McGalliard

My name is Christopher McGalliard I live in Hickory, NC and I'm 50 years old. I just discovered The Israeli Story, and I'm totally in love with it and falling in love with Israel and Israeli life. I have always been curious about Jewish life and I think this is a great introduction.Thank you

Mar 26th
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Christopher McGalliard

Love this story, hope you will pick up on it again someday..

Mar 19th
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MC B

apartheid state propaganda

Nov 3rd
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Judy Gordon

It's 3:20 a.m. I just finished listening to all episodes of 'We Share the Same Sky' in one sitting. This is so beautiful in so many ways. I love how you have woven the threads of Hanna's story through generations and relationships. I love that you captured the voices of others whose stories are part of the fabric that is all of us. Thank you for sharing your grandmother, her story, your story, your journey and all the connections. This is so timely given the state of the world we find ourselves in at this time.

Dec 22nd
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Andy G

Brilliant story. you tell it so that it connects. This series is my favorite podcast series. It brings reality to my impressions of Israel.

Dec 10th
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Miz Carla Hardwick

Beautiful episode. I want to listen again.

Dec 5th
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Andy G

A wonderful series. The wall series is exceptional. A completely new view of Israel.

Nov 22nd
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ابو محمد

The best story

Oct 18th
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ابو محمد

The best story

Oct 18th
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Cornelis Coen

Nice

Apr 10th
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