Ruth Foster, a daughter of a protestant father and a Catholic Irish mother, studies Hebrew at Harvard university, after having spent time in East and West Jerusalem, an experience which taught her about her unspoken about history in Northern Ireland.

In our conversation, we have explored:

  • Why are Israeli and Palestinian flags flown in Northern Ireland, even today? Why is this happening?
  • Do protestants wave the Israeli flag because “my enemy’s enemy is my friend”, or does the mentality of being under a siege have something to do with it?
  • What common ground did the Zionist Jews and the Irish share in the beginning of the 20th century? Why have Irish Republicans sided with the Palestinian side?
  • Is the conflict in Northern Ireland mostly a religious conflict or rather an outcome of British colonisation and division?
  • How is the culture of ‘say nothing’ affect people’s mental health in Northern Ireland today?
  • What are the dividing lines between sacred and profane in modern Hebrew?
  • And lastly, what could the Irish language potentially learn from modern Hebrew?

 

This time we are honoured to speak with a professional faith leader and activist, MBE (member of the British Empire as we are soon to learn) Jane Clements, who started the British NGO FODIP (Forum Of Discussion on Israel and Palestine).

Join a fascinating, longer than usual (for a reason!) discussion in which we will explore:

  • How do events in Israel and Palestine affect faith communities in the UK?
  • Isn’t it better to simply avoid the big elephant in the room?
  • Who are the Evangelical Christians in the US and Zionist Christians in the UK? Was their influence on Israel’s politics recent, or not at all?
  • What do they wish for the Jews, and why do Jewish representative organisations, such as the Zionist Federation or the Board of Deputies, collaborate with them?
  • What’s the difference between the US intervention today and the British involvement in the days of the Balfour declaration?

Ole is my German student, and he studies Hebrew because he has an Israeli girlfriend.
Join our fascinating conversation and explore: 

  • What is the greatest benefit of interreligious relationships?
  • Can you be a different person, speaking in a different language?
  • How can children in Germany deal with the shame and guilt of German history, and how does one explain it to him/herself?
  • Are the oppressed the only victims in conflicts?
  • What message a German bystander has for Israelis who take part in the ongoing protest against Netanyahu?

 

Join a fascinating conversation with my British student Hannah, a researcher of Israeli and Palestinian literature, and explore:

What parts of her British colonial heritage has she encountered in her professional path?

What does the land, the trees and water symbolise in Israeli and Palestinian narratives? Which roles do the Jordan River, the Hula Valley and the Mediterranean Sea play?

How has Hannah seen the politics of language-learning in the Hebrew workbooks and material?

Giacomo, an Italian from Rome who lives in London, studied Hebrew at SOAS university London, then at Ben Gurion University, and at 'This is not an Ulpan' in Tel Aviv. 

He shares with us his experience with the Jewish community of Rome, and how that made him explore Jewish history, modern Israel and speak Hebrew. And he is quite fluent - as you can hear at the end of this episode..!

Join this fascinating discussion with an Italian who took his passion to fluency!

בפרק החמישי בפודקאסט 'דבר עברית - אהוב את ישראל?', נשמע את הסיפור של גילה: אמריקאית, יהודייה ומורה לעברית בבית ספר יהודי בקונטיקט.

 

מהי אותה הרגשה שקשה להסביר במילים? למה זה קרה? מה היא למדה (ומה לא) על ישראל כשחיה שם?

מה דעתה על הכיבוש כיום, ועל ארגונים יהודיים כמו 'ג'יי סטריט' (J-Street)?

סיפורה של יהודייה "בקטנה", שמצאה בישראל שייכות. 

In this episode, Magda, a Polish Hebrew student in the SOAS Language Centre, will speak about how she decided to convert with Reform Judaism, finding her Jewish ancestry which was unspoken about in her family;

We will also speak about how Jews and Israel are perceived in Poland today, and why is Israel normalised, while stereotypes about Jews still prevail;

While converting in West London Syangogue she studies Biblical Hebrew, Magda will explain why she decided to learn Modern Hebrew.

En este episodio, Valentina Litvan, investigadora de literatura judía sudamericana de la universidad de Lorraine en Francia, va a hablar de su historia personal que le llevó a aprender hebreo moderno. Vamos a escuchar sobre autores sudamericanos como Juan Gelman, distinguir entre los conceptos de tradición y transmisión, y cuestionar qué es lo que lleva a un judío a seguir siendo judío y de qué manera; también vamos a aprender un poco sobre las inmigraciones judías a América Latina (a las Américas), el vínculo entre sus comunidades e Israel, y la lengua hebrea.

 

My Chinese-Canadian student Fay in an honest discussion about the similarities and differences between Chinese and Israeli/Jewish people, including education, money and culture of debates. Listen to Fay and find out:

- How do Chinese and Israelis perceive the West?

- How do we perceive each other?

- Who is the world more obsessed about - China or Israel?

- Who's "worse" - Israel and the settlers' treatment of Palestinians, or China's treatment of the Uighurs?

Enjoy and feel free to comment on any of the themes discussed..!

In this first episode of 'Speak Hebrew - Love Israel?' I interviewed Zain, a British Muslim who studied Hebrew at SOAS University of london, spent 6 months in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and even taught Hebrew in a synagogue in London.

Listen to his story, and get nuanced perceptions on some very complicated issues e.g. antisemitism, islamophobia, and Zionism. Try to understand: How do some Muslims become Zionist?

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