Dr. Daniel Gordis explores the myriad changes that occur in Israel during the decade following the Yom Kippur War. From the resignation of Golda Meir, to the rise of the Likud party, peace with Egypt, the prevention of a nuclear reactor in Iraq to the Lebanon war. Dr. Gordis examines how these events impact the country.

Gordis 17 – The Decade after the Yom Kippur War

Throughout the first half of the 20th century, waves of Jewish immigrants made Aliyah to the region, each bringing particular experiences and ideas to the land that would become a Jewish state in 1948. Dr. Daniel Gordis describes these waves, the eruption of violence and antisemitism that met them, and first talk of partition, including … Continue reading Gordis 5 – Aliyah, in Waves

Gordis 5 – Aliyah, in Waves

On Nov 29, 1947, the United Nations voted to allow the creation of Israel leading to the War of Independence which ultimately did not end until early 1949. Dr. Daniel Gordis explores the sentiment of the Jewish people in Israel at that time and explains the transformation of the Jewish psyche from the victim hood … Continue reading Gordis 7 – The Creation of Israel

Gordis 7 – The Creation of Israel

Zionism is a movement to build a Jewish homeland, born in the mid-1800s from European Jews’ sense of betrayal, heartbreak, and anguish after centuries of judgment and dislocation. Dr. Daniel Gordis discusses Zionism’s origins and how it is used – and misused – in modern political and activist discourse.

Gordis 1 – Zionism, Fact and Fiction

In the decade before the establishment of Israel, three paramilitary groups emerged that played a critical role in the state’s establishment. These groups were each run by a man who ultimately becomes one of Israel’s prime ministers: (1) the Haganah, run indirectly by David Ben Gurion; (2) the Irgun (Etzel), run by Menachen Begin; and … Continue reading Gordis 6 – The Military Might Leading to Statehood

Gordis 6 – The Military Might Leading to Statehood

While many believe Americans always supported Zionism, Americans Jews have had conflicted feelings with Zionism throughout the years. In this episode, Dr. Daniel Gordis discusses American Jews’ relationship with Israel beginning in 1915 and continuing through present day.

Gordis 12 – American Jews and Israel

Why do the ultra-orthodox Jews maintain power over certain issues in Israel to this day? Dr. Daniel Gordis answers this question as well as discussing the controversial issue of reparations in the early 1950’s and how it affected Israel.

Gordis 10 – Power of the Ultra-Orthodox and Reparations

Dr. Daniel Gordis explores the very complex issue of the origin of Palestinian refugees, the reasons that 700,000 Palestinians left Israel during the Israeli War of Independence and the difficult moral questions remaining.

Gordis 8 – Origins of the Palestinian Refugee Problem

Dr. Daniel Gordis explores the concept of pan-Arabism, the 1967 war and the factors that cause Israel to begin to look like the modern day Israel we know today. Dr. Gordis discusses the events leading to the war, including the input of the British, French and Americans, as well as the six days of the war, and the results of that war. Finally, he touches on the 1987 debate as to whether to return captured land and the resulting burden of having “occupied” land that exists to this day.

Gordis 15 – The 1967 War

Zionism is a movement to build a Jewish homeland, born in the mid-1800s from European Jews’ sense of betrayal, heartbreak, and anguish after centuries of judgment and dislocation. Dr. Daniel Gordis discusses Zionism’s origins and how it is used – and misused – in modern political and activist discourse.

Gordis 1 – Zionism, Fact and Fiction