Yossi Klein Halevi on Israel at 76: ‘We are still an enormously powerful people’

Yossi Klein Halevi
Israeli author and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi speaks Tuesday evening in Toronto for Yom ha-Atzmaut. (File photo)

The respected Israeli journalist and author Yossi Klein Halevi is bringing his message of hope to Canada on May 14, 2024, to mark Israel’s 76th anniversary. Speaking at a synagogue in Toronto about the impact of Oct. 7 on Jewish history, Klein Halevi believes that, after Hamas’s attack seven months ago, Israel made the decision not be a victim. Instead, the Jewish state unleashed the country’s full military power in an existential fight against Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran.

Now, Klein Halevi—a scholar and podcaster with the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem—is urging Jews in the Diaspora to embrace their power and stand up for themselves, rather than live as victims, even if right now that seems daunting because of the surge in global antisemitism.

Ahead of his speech, Yossi Klein Halevi joins The CJN Daily to explain how we should celebrate Israel’s 76th birthday: with a lot of grief, and also gratitude.

What we talked about:

  • Learn more about Yossi Klein Halevi’s previous stops in Canada, and this week’s public lecture
  • If you missed our episode profiling student Sofia Meija Perfiliev and the other Ontario students who won medals at the JewQ contest, catch it on The CJN Daily.
  • Read more about the origins of the GaGa ball game.


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