Israel is at War. On Shabbat morning October 7, Israel faced an unprecedented, ruthless, and devastating attack by Hamas. Hundreds of Israelis have been killed, thousands injured, and many are in captivity. Israelis are fighting for their country, and Jews around the world are supporting these efforts from afar with prayers, messages, and resources. In an effort to keep our listeners connected and updated during this painful and difficult time, For Heaven’s Sake will be releasing episodes every few days to address what’s happening in Israel and unpack the complex and distressing events. This is For Heaven’s Sake: Israel at War.

Recorded on October 9, in this first episode of For Heaven’s Sake: Israel at War, Donniel Hartman and Yossi Klein Halevi discuss their emotional response of sadness and outrage to the attack and to Israel’s nascent war. They also reflect on the burning question of how did this attack and the IDF’s delayed response even happen given Israelis’ confidence in their army.

A transcript of this episode is available here.