Ancient Land, Modern Tales


Welcome to Israel Story – the award-winning podcast that tells extraordinary tales about ordinary Israelis. Often called “the Israeli ‘This American Life,'” we bring you quirky, unpredictable, interesting and moving stories about a place we all think we know a lot about, but really don’t. Produced in partnership with The Jerusalem Foundation and The Times of Israel.

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Latest Episodes

  • A Life After Death – Part II
    • Episode 94
    • 28:25
    • 2023

    A Life After Death – Part II

    “When someone dies,” Gal Zaychner writes, “there are all kinds of things you have to take care of: You have…

  • A Life After Death – Part I
    • Episode 93
    • 30:29
    • 2023

    A Life After Death – Part I

    In a series of heartwrenching essays, told over the course of two episodes, Gal Zaychner returns to the most painful…

  • Meir Argov
    • Episode 92
    • 21:01
    • 2023

    Meir Argov

    Meir Argov was born as Meir Grabovsky in Rîbnița, Bessarabia, in 1905. At the age of 14, while his family…

  • Herzl Rosenblum
    • Episode 91
    • 27:30
    • 2023

    Herzl Rosenblum

    Herzl Rosenblum was born in 1903, a year before the death of his namesake, Theodor Herzl, who – of course…

  • Yitzhak Meir Levin
    • Episode 90
    • 34:30
    • 2023

    Yitzhak Meir Levin

    Rabbi Yitzhak Meir Levin was – in every way possible – Hasidic royalty. He was born in 1893 in the…

  • Moshe Kol
    • Episode 89
    • 21:32
    • 2023

    Moshe Kol

    Moshe Kolodny, who’d later on change his surname to Kol, was born in 1911 in the heart of the Pale…