Mordechai Lavi
מרדכי לביא
Occupation(s)Radio host, news website owner

Mordechai Lavi (Hebrew: מרדכי לביא, born 1978) is an Israeli radio broadcaster and owner and general manager of the Kikar HaShabbat news website.


Lavi was born in 1978 in Jerusalem.

Mordechai Lavi started his radio career at age 15 when he became interested in the budding Haredi pirate radio industry. He was fascinated and curious of how radio worked until he decided to search for one of these stations. He found the building where the clandestine Kol HaEmet radio station operated and tricked his way inside, and soon after began broadcasting music using a pseudonym. In 2003, he found his way to Kol Chai, the first legal Israeli radio station broadcasting to Haredim, and was asked to host a daily Haredi news show, which was unheard until then.[1]

Lavi created the Kikar HaShabbat website in May 2009. He says that he was encouraged by someone who questioned, 'why someone wanting to get the news on Ynet might have to risk seeing unwanted content'. In April 2012, Lavi sold 50% of ownership to Ynet for a few million shekels.[1]

In September 2011, Lavi left Kol Chai after nine years including hosting the main evening news show and started broadcasting the main morning current affairs magazine at Kol BaRama.[2]

Personal life

As of 2013, Lavi lives in Har Nof, Jerusalem, and father to six children.


  1. ^ a b Efrat Aharoni (February 2013). הפוליטיקאים החרדים חושבים היום לפני כל צעד מה תהיה הכותרת בכיכר השבת [Today, Haredi politicians think before each step what the headline will be in Kikar HaShabbat]. Globes (in Hebrew). pp. 58–62.
  2. ^ מגיש הרדיו מרדכי לביא עוזב את רדיו "קול חי" [Radio Host Mordechai Lavi leaves Kol Chai] (in Hebrew). Calcalist. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2013.