The History of Israel Explained

The History of Israel Explained

10 Episodes

OpenDor Media unpacks Israel’s history from multiple angles and perspectives to provide the context and nuance that are so often missing when people talk about the Jewish state.

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The History of Israel Explained
  • The History of Israel's National Anthem

    Episode 1

    Unlike other anthems that speak of triumph and victory, the Israeli anthem is a mash up between a Romanian folk-melody, a 16th-century Italian song, and the lyrical thoughts of a drunk romantic poet. Not exactly the stuff of nationalistic dreams, but like the State of Israel itself, Hatikvah is b...

  • Rescuing the Wandering Jew

    Episode 2

    "Kibbutz Galuyot" is one of the central missions of the State of Israel and the Zionist movement, meaning that Israel considers any Jew, no matter where they live, to be potential citizens. We explain why Israel has gone out of its way to rescue Jews from countries such as Yemen, Ethiopia, and ev...

  • Freeing Russian Jewry: The Refuseniks

    Episode 3

    The campaign to free the Jews of the USSR grew into a global phenomenon that motivated Jews across the world to fight for their fellow Jews. With incredible results.

    Year: 2019
    Language: English
    Producer: OpenDor Media

  • The Kibbutz: Israel's Collective Utopia

    Episode 4

    Founded in the early 20th Century, the "kibbutz" helped shape Israel's identity. Based on the idea that everything, from food to children, should be shared, the young immigrants who set up the first kibbutzes threw out the old European way of living and sought to create a system of complete equal...

  • Israel: The Startup Nation

    Episode 5

    You’ve probably heard of the big names in Israeli innovation — Wix, Mobileye, and Waze — but did you know Israel has an estimated 6,000 startups? In fact, there’s so much technology coming out of this little Middle Eastern country, that it’s leaving Silicon Valley in the dust! So, what’s the secr...

  • The Law of Return: Coming Home

    Episode 6

    One of Israel’s founding principles, the Law of Return, dates back to the earliest days of the State of Israel. It grants legal permission for any Jew, from anywhere in the world, to move to and settle in Israel.

    Year: 2019
    Language: English
    Producer: OpenDor Media

  • What is Zionism?

    Episode 7

    Many people believe that “Zionism” originated with Theodore Herzl. That’s certainly an important piece of the puzzle. However, the connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel has been an integral part of the Jewish story for at least 3,000 years. Even when the Jews were no longer in the...

  • Israeli Nobel Laureates

    Episode 8

    With 12 Nobels, Israel actually has more prizes per capita than the U.S., France and Germany, and more actual laureates than India, Spain, and China.

    Year: 2019
    Language: English
    Producer: OpenDor Media

  • The History & Revival of the Hebrew Language

    Episode 9

    While the Bible and some religious texts were written in ancient Hebrew, it hadn’t been spoken in daily life for centuries. In fact, Hebrew hadn’t been a living, breathing language since way back in the time of the Bar Kochva revolt in 135 CE. One man, Eliezer Ben Yehuda, made the revival of the ...

  • The Women of Zionism

    Episode 10

    You’ve heard of Golda Meir, but there are many lesser-known women who contributed significantly to the State of Israel, before and after its establishment. This video presents a list of 10 influential women in Israel’s history who each helped to shape Israeli society in their own field. From Hemd...