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Go behind the scenes of Israeli history with self-confessed history nerd Noam Weissman. Each week, he offers a fresh perspective on some of the most controversial and interesting events in the country’s history. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about what Israel is all about --from multiple angles and viewpoints -- this is the podcast for you.
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The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin on November 4th, 1995 remains one of the most difficult moments in Israeli history and in modern Jewish history. Join Noam Weissman as he dives into Rabin’s life and legacy and unpacks how the assassination and its aftermath continues to affect Israeli society.  ~~~~ The Unpacking Israeli History Podcast series is sponsored by Andrea and Larry Gill This episode is sponsored by Dr. Neil and Pam Weissman ~~~~ Learn more about Unpacked: https://unpacked.media/  Visit Unpacked on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/unpacked  Teaching about this topic? Check out our relevant educator resources here: https://unpacked.education/video/the-life-and-assassination-of-yitzhak-rabin/  ~~~~ Sources https://www.biography.com/people/yitzhak-rabin-37246 http://www.itamarrabinovich.tau.ac.il/books/136-yitzhak-rabin-soldier-leader-statesman.html https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/2017/07/benzion-netanyahu-the-altalena-and-me/ http://www.rabincenter.org.il/Items/02027/biography_eng.pdf https://www.destination-innovation.com/raid-entebbe-tale-two-leaders/ https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-searching-for-rabin-s-legacy-1.5415058 http://www.rabincenter.org.il/Items/01104/clinton.pdf http://www.rabincenter.org.il/Items/01105/hussein.pdf https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/the-legacy-of-yitzhak-rabin/ https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-searching-for-rabin-s-legacy-1.5415058 ~~~~ Unpacked is a division of OpenDor Media  
On the festival of Purim in 1994, Israeli-American doctor Baruch Goldstein opened fire in the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, killing 29 Muslim worshippers. Condemnation was swift and decisive, but among the voices of dismay and repulsion were those who supported Goldstein’s actions and honored him after his death. Noam Weissman explores the background of the massacre, the events that followed and asks important questions about Jewish terrorism. ~~~~ The Unpacking Israeli History Podcast series is sponsored by Andrea and Larry Gill ~~~~ Learn more about Unpacked: https://unpacked.media/  Visit Unpacked on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/unpacked  Teaching about this topic? Check out our relevant educator resources here: https://unpacked.education/video/jewish-terrorism/  ~~~~ Sources https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/rabbi-meir-kahane https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/baruch-goldstein/ https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/199475-kahanes-legacy https://www.nytimes.com/1994/02/26/world/west-bank-massacre-overview-least-40-slain-west-bank-israeli-fires-into-mosque.html https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/baruch-goldstein/&sa=D&ust=1593683350149000&usg=AFQjCNGzl-HI0aywtblTi6icFZ0By5_JBA https://www.jta.org/1994/02/28/archive/murders-at-hebron-mosque-prompt-violence-shame-shock-and-sorrow https://www.nytimes.com/1994/03/01/nyregion/west-bank-massacre-reaction-sad-angry-fearful-voices-arab-americans-american.html https://content.jerusalemu.org/e/634291/nation-prime-minister-rabin-zl/5fnlm/53770816?h=V1aKbAjcIlbpBEEjDPSqsqHeAyL-joH3qU3A_wMf254 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZknF8rF7Wtw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZknF8rF7Wtw https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/israel-middle-east/articles/the-mystery-of-baruch-goldstein ~~~~ Unpacked is a division of OpenDor Media
The First Intifada, or uprising, differed greatly from the intense violence and bloodshed seen in the Second Intifada. Even without the same level of violence, the events from 1987-1993 completely altered Israeli history. Noam Weissman asks what caused the Intifada, how it shifted the Arab-Israeli relationship and why it changed Israel’s reputation on the global stage forever. ~~~~ The Unpacking Israeli History Podcast series is sponsored by Andrea & Larry Gill ~~~~ Learn more about Unpacked: https://unpacked.media/Visit Unpacked on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/unpacked Teaching about this topic? Check out our relevant educator resources here: https://unpacked.education/video/what-was-the-first-intifada/  ~~~~ Sources:  https://www.nytimes.com/1988/07/09/world/arafat-guerrillas-forced-out-of-beirut.html?mtrref=www.google.com https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/the-death-of-arab-secularism-1.589937 http://www.kinghussein.gov.jo/his_periods9.html https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-presbyterian-church-bds-and-that-largely-non-violent-first-intifada/ https://www.haaretz.com/.premium-first-intifada-a-watershed-moment-1.5272288 https://www.jpost.com/Magazine/IT-HAS-BEEN-30-YEARS-SINCE-THE-OUTBREAK-OF-THE-FIRST-INTIFADA-532851 https://www.haaretz.com/.premium-journey-back-to-the-first-intifada-1.5272270 https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4678530,00.html https://www.jpost.com/Magazine/IT-HAS-BEEN-30-YEARS-SINCE-THE-OUTBREAK-OF-THE-FIRST-INTIFADA-532851 https://www.jta.org/1989/11/07/archive/idf-furloughs-officer-for-beatings https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/yasser-arafat#8 https://www.brookings.edu/on-the-record/is-yasser-arafat-a-credible-partner-for-peace/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Terrorist_attacks_against_Israelis_in_the_1970s https://www.haaretz.com/.premium-first-intifada-a-watershed-moment-1.5272288 https://www.knesset.gov.il/faction/eng/FactionPage_eng.asp?PG=21 https://www.haaretz.com/.premium-first-intifada-a-watershed-moment-1.5272288 https://www.haaretz.com/1.5192013 https://www.haaretz.com/.premium-journey-back-to-the-first-intifada-1.5272270 ~~~~ Unpacked is a division of OpenDor Media
After the victory of the Six-Day War in 1967, it seemed like Israel was invincible. Less than a decade later, the country was taken by surprise by the outbreak of war on Yom Kippur 1973. Noam Weissman explores why — despite warnings — Israel’s leadership seemed so unprepared, why America urged Israel not to attack first and why this national catastrophe ultimately led to a strengthening of relationships with both the U.S. and Egypt. ~~~~ The Unpacking Israeli History Podcast series is sponsored by Andrea and Larry Gill ~~~~ Learn more about Unpacked: https://unpacked.media/ Visit Unpacked on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/unpacked  Teaching about this topic? Check out our relevant educator resources here: https://unpacked.education/video/the-yom-kippur-war-when-israel-almost-fell/ https://unpacked.education/video/the-yom-kippur-war-how-israel-turned-the-tide/  ~~~~ Sources: https://www.history.com/topics/middle-east/yom-kippur-war https://mwi.usma.edu/timeless-lessons-october-1973-arab-israeli-war/ https://books.google.com/books?id=n_9gIR6Fi3UC&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Yom+Kippur&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjo2Mn7psPWAhWqhlQKHRX4C8kQ6AEIKDAA#v=snippet&q=We%E2%80%99ll%20have%20one%20hundred%20tanks%20against%20&f=false http://www.jewishagency.org/secret-service/content/25324 https://erenow.com/modern/israel-concise-history-nation-reborn/15.php https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-24402464 https://www.google.com/url?q=https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/151161087.pdf&sa=D&ust=1593682967472000&usg=AFQjCNEOS_bqDj5L9vZ_6wc1JdAAWuiH4g http://www.jewishagency.org/secret-service/content/25324 https://erenow.com/modern/israel-concise-history-nation-reborn/15.php https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2018/09/the-yom-kippur-war-should-be-remembered-as-a-great-israeli-victory/ https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-yom-kippur-war-when-israels-arabs-didnt-rise-up/   ~~~~ Unpacked is a division of OpenDor Media
The 1972 Munich Olympics was supposed to showcase the face of the new Germany. Instead, the horrific death of 11 Israeli athletes — slaughtered as the world watched  — marked a watershed moment in the Palestinian struggle and raises important questions about the power and effectiveness of terrorism. Join Noam Weissman as he explains the details of that day and what followed, and why the massacre at Munich was not just another 1970’s terrorist attack.  ~~~~ The Unpacking Israeli History Podcast series is sponsored by Andrea and Larry Gill This episode is sponsored by Jack and Ellen Kahan Zager in honor of Ala and Yoske (z”l) Brosh ~~~~ Learn more about Unpacked: https://unpacked.media/  Visit Unpacked on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/unpacked  Teaching about this topic? Check out our relevant educator resources here: https://unpacked.education/video/1972-olympics-the-munich-massacre-does-terrorism-work/  ~~~~ Unpacked is a division of OpenDor Media
You would have thought that bringing Nazis to justice would have been something the world could agree on, but the Mossad’s capture of the infamous Nazi Adolf Eichmann prompted a fiery international debate that proved otherwise. Noam Weissman explores the truth about the stranger-than-fiction capture of one of the architects of the Final Solution and debates the ethical and moral questions raised by Eichmann’s trial and subsequent execution by the State of Israel.  ~~~~ The Unpacking Israeli History Podcast series is sponsored by Andrea and Larry Gill This episode is sponsored by Liz and Moshe Naiman ~~~~ Learn more about Unpacked: https://unpacked.media/  Visit Unpacked on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/unpacked  Teaching about this topic? Check out our relevant educator resources here https://unpacked.education/video/the-full-story-behind-operation-finale/  ~~~~ Sources: http://www.archives.gov.il/en/chapter/behind-scenes-eichmann-trial/  https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/norman-podhoretz/hannah-arendt-on-eichmanna-study-in-the-perversity-of-brilliance/ https://www.haaretz.com/the-jew-who-tried-to-protect-eichmann-1.5305074?utm_campaign=Media%20Lab%20V2&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_hpJD794ZD7zoxMBNqC2qPcqNG-wNHy3ICQYmUAwQescZas-uuSHA1r61vtgvHFbvpOiM9  http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/biographies/eichmann-biography.htm https://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/eichmann/operation_eichmann.asp http://time.com/5377670/operation-finale-adolf-eichmann-trial/ https://www.haaretz.com/the-jew-who-tried-to-protect-eichmann-1.5305074 https://www.haaretz.com/the-jew-who-tried-to-protect-eichmann-1.5305074 http://jcpa.org/article/the-eichmann-trial-and-american-jewry-a-reassessment/ https://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/eichmann/awareness_of_the_holocaust.asp https://jewishstudies.washington.edu/jewish-history-and-thought/why-do-hannah-arendts-ideas-about-evil-and-the-holocaust-still-matter/ https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2018/08/was-adolf-eichmann-a-mediocrity-or-a-monster/ https://www.neh.gov/humanities/2014/marchapril/feature/the-trial-hannah-arendt https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/hannah-arendt-on-eichmanna-study-in-the-perversity-of-brilliance/ ~~~~ Unpacked is a division of OpenDor Media
Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem, predates the establishment of the Jewish state by decades. Zionist leader Theodor Herzl hated it and many of Israel’s citizens refuse to sing it. So, how did this unlikely song take the national anthem top spot? What were the alternatives? And are there any plans to change it? Join Noam Weissman as he deconstructs the music, melody and meaning behind Hatikvah.  ~~~~ The Unpacking Israeli History Podcast series is sponsored by Andrea and Larry GillThis episode is sponsored by Jack and Ellen Kahan Zager in honor of Ala and Yoske (z”l) Brosh ~~~~ Learn more about Unpacked: https://unpacked.media/  Visit Unpacked on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/unpacked  Teaching about this topic? Check out our relevant educator resources here: https://unpacked.education/video/history-of-israels-national-anthem-does-hatikvah-mean-hope-for-all/ ~~~~ Sources: Song "Hatikva" version by Daniel Saadon - Instagram @daniel_saadon1995 https://israelforever.org/interact/blog/hatikvah_song_of_hope_time_of_despair/ https://www.neaman.org.il/EN/Files/Hatikva-The%20Real%20Story%20behind%20Israels%20anthem.pdf https://www.songfacts.com/facts/traditional/hatikvah https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/2405/jewish-tunes-similar-to-non-jewish-ones https://www.timesofisrael.com/rivlin-said-to-vow-he-will-sign-nation-state-law-in-arabic/ https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/hatikvah/ https://www.timesofisrael.com/how-an-unwieldy-romantic-poem-and-a-romanian-folk-song-combined-to-produce-hatikva/ https://www.timesofisrael.com/how-an-unwieldy-romantic-poem-and-a-romanian-folk-song-combined-to-produce-hatikva/ https://www.haaretz.com/1.5028325 https://www.haaretz.com/1.4817521 http://www.jewishledger.com/2013/04/hatikvah-in-the-holocaust/ https://www.jta.org/1944/11/28/archive/jewish-flyer-who-fled-german-prison-camp-tells-of-mistreatment-of-jews http://www.thetower.org/article/hatikva-keeps-its-edge-despite-everything/ https://www.thetorah.com/article/tikvatenu-the-poem-that-inspired-israels-national-anthem-hatikva https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywq1wXU_HZs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtMhYQoEgCs https://www.timesofisrael.com/expert-confirms-jews-and-arabs-nearing-population-parity/ http://www.thetower.org/article/hatikva-keeps-its-edge-despite-everything/ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israels-anthem-and-a-row-about-harmony-7576841.html https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4397079,00.html https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/arabs-should-not-have-to-sing-hatikvah-say-israelis/ https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-blasts-hebrew-u-over-report-it-nixed-hatikvah-to-avoid-offending-arab-students/ ~~~~ Unpacked is a division of OpenDor Media
Just a month after its establishment, the State of Israel was on the brink of civil war, with two of its greatest leaders — David Ben Gurion and Menachem Begin — facing off in the ultimate power struggle. Noam Weissman unpacks an event that continues to reverberate through Israeli society to this day. Join him as he asks how the Zionist dream nearly imploded and who deserves the credit for ending one of the biggest crises in Israeli history. ~~~~ The Unpacking Israeli History Podcast series is sponsored by Andrea and Larry GillThis episode is sponsored by Jack and Ellen Kahan Zager in honor of Ala and Yoske (z”l) Brosh ~~~~ Learn more about Unpacked: https://unpacked.media/ Visit Unpacked on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/unpacked  Teaching about this topic? Check out our relevant educator resources here: https://unpacked.education/video/the-ship-that-almost-sank-israel/ ~~~~ Sources: Daniel Gordis, Menachem Begin, The Battle For Israel’s Soul Anita Shapira, Israel: A History Itamar Rabinovitch, Yitzchak Rabin Dan Ephron, Killing a King ~~~~ Unpacked is a division of OpenDor Media
No incident in Israeli history has been more hotly contested than that of April 9, 1948, in the small Arab village of Deir Yassin. Noam Weissman tries to uncover what really happened on that fateful day and asks why, with so many battles, so much war and so many disputes, this event will haunt Israel forever. ~~~~ The Unpacking Israeli History Podcast series is sponsored by Andrea and Larry Gill This episode is sponsored by Maytal and David Shainberg ~~~~ Learn more about Unpacked: https://unpacked.media/  Visit Unpacked on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/unpacked  Teaching about this topic? Check out our relevant educator resources here: https://unpacked.education/video/what-is-deir-yassin/ ~~~~ Source Links https://mfa.gov.il/mfa/aboutisrael/history/pages/israels%20war%20of%20independence%20-%201947%20-%201949.aspx https://erenow.net/modern/israel-concise-history-nation-reborn/8.php https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-capture-of-deir-yassin https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/MAGAZINE-testimonies-from-the-censored-massacre-at-deir-yassin-1.5494094 https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/04/201249125656342960.html https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/deir-yassin-nakba-war-crimes/ https://erenow.net/modern/israel-concise-history-nation-reborn/8.php Nihad Zeitawi, edited by: Sharif Kana’a, Destroyed Palestinian villages, Series No. (4): Deir Yassin, Bir Zeit University – Documents and Research center, 1987, p.57 ~~~~ Unpacked is a division of OpenDor Media
If you’ve learned anything about the spread of Modern Hebrew, you probably heard that it’s all thanks to one man - Eliezer Ben Yehuda - that Israel’s national language is Hebrew and not Yiddish (or even German!). Not to spoil a good story with fact, but that’s not exactly how the rebirth of Hebrew went down. Far from being a crusade of one, it took an entire nation to revive a language that had been close to death for millennia. ~~~~ The Unpacking Israeli History Podcast series is sponsored by Andrea and Larry GillThis episode is sponsored by Jack and Ellen Kahan Zager in honor of Ala and Yoske (z”l) Brosh. ~~~~ Learn more about Unpacked: https://unpacked.media/ Visit Unpacked on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/unpacked  Teaching about this topic? Check out our relevant educator resources here: https://unpacked.education/video/the-hebrew-language-revival/ ~~~~ Unpacked is a division of OpenDor Media
In a bizarre twist of history, the humble chestnut played a big role in the ultimate creation of the State of Israel. To understand why, Noam Weissman examines the curious origins of the Balfour Declaration and asks why the 67-word letter from a British foreign minister continues to get people riled up more than 100 years after it was published.  ~~~~~ The Unpacking Israeli History Podcast series is sponsored by Andrea & Larry Gill ~~~~~ Learn more about Unpacked: https://unpacked.media/  Visit Unpacked on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/unpacked  Teaching about this topic? Check out our relevant educator resources here: https://unpacked.education/video/what-is-the-balfour-declaration/ ~~~~~ Source links  https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2009/feb/10/zionism-deronda-george-eliot https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-balfour-declaration https://jcpa.org/article/historical-significance-balfour-declaration/ https://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2017/11/02/balfour/107251858/ https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2017/11/02/what-was-the-balfour-declaration-of-1917-and-why-is-it-significant/ https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-britain-s-true-motivation-behind-the-balfour-declaration-1.5462518 https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-britain-s-true-motivation-behind-the-balfour-declaration-1.5462518 https://www.islamweb.net/en/article/165587/who-was-balfour https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-balfour-declaration-century https://dailyhistory.org/What_was_the_impact_of_the_Balfour_Declaration_(1917)_on_the_Middle_East%3F ~~~~~ Unpacked is a division of OpenDor Media
After over 70 years of existence, It’s impossible to imagine the Jewish State being located anywhere other than Israel. But in the early days of Zionism, there was a push to establish a homeland in a non-Promised Land in East Africa. This week, Noam Weissman gets to the heart of the Uganda Plan and discusses why the movement’s leaders felt they needed to come up with a solution — any solution — to combat the rampant antisemitism of the day. ~~~~~ The Unpacking Israeli History Podcast series is sponsored by Andrea & Larry Gill ~~~~~ Learn more about Unpacked: https://unpacked.media/  Visit Unpacked on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/unpacked Teaching about this topic? Check out our relevant educator resources here: https://unpacked.education/video/herzl-the-zionist-dream-of-a-jewish-state/ ~~~~~ Unpacked is a division of OpenDor Media
How is it possible that an espionage trial in France in the mid-1890s set into motion events that (tangentially) led to the rebirth of the State of Israel after 2,000 years? Noam Weissman demystifies the oft-repeated but often misunderstood story of the Dreyfus Affair. He also explains why this extraordinary — but also ordinary — example of antisemitism cuts to the heart of questions surrounding Jewish identity that are still being asked today.  ~~~~~ The Unpacking Israeli History Podcast series is sponsored by Andrea & Larry Gill ~~~~~ Learn more about Unpacked: https://unpacked.media/ Visit Unpacked on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/unpacked Teaching about this topic? Check out our relevant educator resources here: https://unpacked.education/video/the-dreyfus-affair/  ~~~~~ Sources: https://www.britannica.com/event/Dreyfus-affair https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-preparing-for-major-influx-of-french-jewish-immigrants/ https://www.history.com/news/what-was-the-dreyfus-affair https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/theodor-binyamin-ze-rsquo-ev-herzl https://erenow.net/modern/israel-concise-history-nation-reborn/2.php https://www.britannica.com/biography/Theodor-Herzl https://www.vision.org/theodor-herzl-founding-father-of-zionism-791 https://www.jpost.com/Features/In-Thespotlight/This-Week-in-History-The-Dreyfus-Affair-begins https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/AboutIsrael/History/Zionism/Pages/Herzl%20and%20Zionism.aspx ~~~~~ Unpacked is a division of OpenDor Media
Explore the controversial, fascinating and confusing moments of Israeli history with host Noam Weissman. Join him each week as he unpacks another captivating story that you may have missed in history class. The Unpacking Israeli History Podcast series is sponsored by Andrea & Larry Gill Learn more about Unpacked: https://unpacked.media/ Visit Unpacked on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/unpacked Unpacked is a division of OpenDor Media
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