Rabbi Yishai Fleisher is Program Director of the new Voice of Israel network and Israel’s only English-language radio talk ?show host (106.5 FM Galey Yisrael).
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Rabbi Yishai Fleisher is Program Director of the new Voice of Israel network and Israel’s only English-language radio talk ?show host (106.5 FM Galey Yisrael). Yishai is also a columnist at the ?Jerusalem Post. His analysis and commentary have been featured on CNN, ?BBC, Russia Today, MTV, and Fox News ?TV.
Yishai is the founder and director of Kumah, a nonprofit organization?in Israel and the United States that works to educate the public about ?Israel, dispel myths and stereotypes about Israel and the Middle East, and ?enhance connection to Israel through media projects and the arts.
Born in Haifa to Russian refusenik scientists who escaped to Israel in?the 1970’s. Yishai’s ?parents moved to the US when he was eight years old and he grew up in ?New Jersey. At age seventeen, Yishai chose to return to Israel. He became a ?lone soldier (a young person serving in the Israeli Defense Forces ?while his family is residing in another country) when he enlisted in ?the IDF Paratroopers at the age of eighteen. In 1996, while serving ?in Southern Lebanon, a Hezbollah roadside bomb went off and injured ?Yishai seriously. After recovery, he returned to his IDF Paratrooper ?Brigade. ?After his service, Yishai completed an undergraduate degree in ?Political Science at Yeshiva University and received his Juris ?Doctorate from the Cardozo School of Law with a focus on international ?law.
Yishai married a Texan and fellow Cardozo law school ?student, Malkah Bernath. Their wedding was held in Hebron in 2002. ?Together they emigrated to Israel following graduation in 2003. Yishai served in the second Lebanon War as well, and ?while living in Beit El for seven years he was a member of the rapid ?response anti-terror team. ?Yishai and Malkah moved to eastern Jerusalem in 2011 where they ?currently live on the Mount of Olives with their two children.