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Issue: Israel's Jewish Identity. What Does it Mean?
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PA: Made "Generous" Offer; Israel: "Bring it to the Table"
Israeli and Palestinian Women Wage Peace
Israel's Arab Parties United For Election
More Arabs Join Israel's National Service
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Gaza Reconstruction Has Barely Begun
Palestinians Hope for Upset in Israeli Elections
Netanyahu's Planned Speech to Congress Sparks Controversy
Egypt Intensifies Crackdown on Islamists
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What is podcasting?

Podcasting is a method for broadcasters to make their shows available to listeners on the listeners' schedule. Instead of listeners having to check an archives page to see if new content is added, a program on the listener's computer automatically checks the podcast feed, and downloads new content when it is available. The listener can then play this content whenever he or she chooses to.

Podcasting works by using RSS 2.0 with enclosures. The RSS file includes useful information about the podcast, and also the link to where each mp3 file can be found. RSS is a dialect of XML, and is a standard format for computer applications called aggregators to understand. A podcasting application is essentially a news aggregator with the ability to play mp3 audio files.

Is an iPod necessary to listen to podcasts?

No. Although portable mp3 players like iPods give listeners the added convenience of being able to listen to podcasts while on the go, they are not necessary for listening to podcasts. Any computer that can play audio can play podcasts right from the desktop

Which Podcasting software should I use?

We recommend iTunes. There are many podcasting applications available, and new ones are coming out every day. We designed our podcast around iTunes because it is user-friendly, and available for free on both Windows and Macintosh platforms.

Our podcast feed has also been tested on iPodder and works fine.

We appreciate your input in this area. If you recommend another podcasting application, or if you have trouble accessing our feed with another application, please let us know by sending an email to

How do I subscribe to podcasts?

Once you have your podcasting software installed, copy and paste the url of the podcast feed you wish to subscribe to into your reader. In our case, the url is:

Each program handles this process differently. For example, in iTunes, click on the "Advanced" menu, then click on "Subscribe to Podcast". Copy and paste the above url into the box, and click "ok".

Please let us know if you have any trouble using our podcast feed, if you think this page was helpful, or if you have any suggestions for how we can do this better. Send us an email at

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