EPISODE 6: Breaking the Silence: What's really going on in the West Bank?

Lauren Taus
Meet Achiya Schatz. Achiya works in the Communications Department of the Israeli NGO, Breaking the Silence. Established in 2004 by veterans of the Israel Defense Forces, this organization gives serving and discharged Israeli personnel and reservists a means to confidentially recount their experiences in the Occupied Territories, the West Bank. 
 
Achiya was once a soldier in the elite counter terrorist unit, Duvdevan. The word Duvdevan means cherry in Hebrew, and ex-soldiers from this unit wrote the Netflix sensation Fauda. Achiya is now dedicated to changing Israeli policies around "security" that informed mandated action during his time in uniform. 
 
This was a hard conversation for me to have and it remains a challenging one  to hear. Tune in to learn about psychological warfare and a terrible truth armed with guns. 

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EPISODE 5: 2 Jews and 5 Arguments: Why Diversity is the DNA of Jerusalem with Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum

Lauren Taus

Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum stands on the shoulders of political and public service giants. Her father, Joshua Hassan, served four consecutive terms and a total of twenty years as the prime minister of Gibraltar. There, he pioneered the territory’s institutions of self-government, which emphasized civil rights and the repatriation of the Jewish diaspora community.

In this conversation, Fleur speaks to the influence of her family on her work and her specific goals for her time in office. She is working for an expansion of economic prosperity through job creation, an improvement in the educational system and an overall upgrade on the way that the rest of the world views the capital city of Israel.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: 

  1. Why Jerusalem MUST remain diverse
  2. The importance of economic prosperity and job creation
  3. What it means to be an orthodox feminist
  4. Why we need to reimagine Zionism
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EPISODE 4: Boundaries in Bed: Sexual Shamanism with Tantra Teacher Shachar Caspi

Lauren Taus

If you haven’t yet found your no, you don’t yet have your YES.

Do you want to unlock the power, magic and secrets that dwell in your sexuality? Tantra teacher Shachar Caspi shares his own personal journey from Israeli sniper to sexual shaman and a few of the meaningful stops along his way. Shachar believes in the explosive power of sexual healing and supports each individual in his or her most authentic expression of love. 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: 

  1. The surprising problem with pornography
  2. The promise and possibility of sexual healing
  3. Why the body matters
  4. The connection between the body and the land 

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EPISODE 3: What Jesus Really Meant with Sami Awad

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Sami Awad is a Palestinian from a Christian evangelical background with roots in the Holy Land land for over 800 years. He's also 80% Jewish, according to a DNA test. In this conversation, Sami speaks about his healing journey and the Holy Land Trust, an organization that he started in 1998 to address the traumatic histories of the people living in Israel/Palestine. Sami is dedicated to strengthening communities and creating safe spaces.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: 

  1. The West Bank is much safer than you think.
  2. Identities in isREAL are far more complex than you realize
  3. Being a peace maker isn't so peaceful, and the risks are incredibly high
  4. Intergenerational trauma is (mis)informing the present and stepping into new future possibilities requires personal responsibility and individual healing

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EPISODE 2: Holy Plants with Rabbi Harry: Psychedelics in the Bible and Rebranding Religion

Lauren Taus

Are you struggling with hedonistic impulses and looking for a fulfilling spiritual experience? Rabbi Harry in Jerusalem offers a modern twist on religion and explains how he’s living a meaningful life full of pleasure.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: 

  • Why religion no longer makes sense 
  • The promise of decentralization and how national boundaries of the past are creating immense global problems today, specifically in Africa, Afghanistan and Israel
  • The role of entheogenic plants (aka psychedelics) in the biblical narrative, other ancient traditions and their power in contemporary times 
  • The problem is internal, and many "terrorists" are actually Jews 

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EPISODE 1: An Introduction: What is Real in The Holy Land?

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Lauren set out to explore the multiplicity of truths in the Holy Land, and to share her discoveries via conversations with the people who live there. In this conversation between Lauren and Shannon Algeo of SoulFeed, Lauren discusses why she did it and why it matters. 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: 

  • How yoga is connected to the conflict in the Middle East - and to you personally

  • Why changing the story in the Middle East matters in places far beyond it

  • The problem of victim consciousness

  • The opportunity to create a narrative big enough to include it all 

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