Today we release the new book by Saul Singer and me: “The Genius of Israel: The Surprising Resilience of a Divided Nation in a Turbulent World”, which you can order now at:

Today’s guest is Ruby Namdar, who was born and raised in Jerusalem to a family of Iranian-Jewish heritage. His first book, “Haviv” (2000), won the Israeli Ministry of Culture’s Award for Best First Publication. His novel “The Ruined House”, has won the Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award. He currently lives in New York City with his wife, he has two daughters, and teaches Jewish literature, focusing on Biblical and Talmudic narrative.

Items discussed in this episode:
Our piece in The Free Press, “Israel’s Blueprint for a Revival of the West”:

Ruby Namdar’s piece in The Atlantic, “For Israel, Another New Layer of Trauma”:

Ruby Namdar’s book, The Ruined House:

Bret Stephens’s column in The New York Times, “For America’s Jews, Every Day Must Be Oct 8:

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