We discuss 1) the strange glue that binds former Soviets and God-fearing ultra-Orthodox Jews in Netanyahu’s government 2) the new credit-rating system that reveals who’s a deadbeat who doesn’t pay back loans 3) the hoopla over the return of the TV series Shtisel
We discuss 1) the all-time high turnover among Knesset Members 2) the brouhaha over the decision to limit how much mayors can pay pop stars to perform for Independence Day celebrations 3) the International Bible Contest, the weird centerpiece of Independence Day celebrations for the past 61 years
We discuss 1) an Instagram Story reconstructing what it would have been like if a girl in the Holocaust had Instagram 2) a commercial for a big-box discount supermarket that presents Ashkenazi “wholesalers” as heartless oppressors of Mizrahim 3) the strange list of honorees chosen to light torches at the official Independence day ceremony
We discuss 1) whether it’s time for the Jewish left and the Arab left to join together 2) the brouhaha in the AIS about a new journal issue that some consider unscholarly and too pro-Israel 3) a recent poll that found Israelis to be less concerned about climate change and other global threats than anyone else in the world
We discuss 1) why Israeli young people are more right wing than their elders 2) Peter Beinart’s conclusion that the lesson of the last election is that the time has come to make Israelis suffer for our sins 3) what Exodus story we plan to tell our kids this Passover
We discuss 1) the election results and what they mean 2) whether it’s time to consider the sane-ish right and the center joining forces to form a gov without the most extreme of the extremists 3) as we on the left lose election after election, how are we supposed to keep getting out of bed in the morning?
We discuss 1) our near-stumble into war and whether the upcoming elections affected Bibi’s response 2) what we make of the election campaign that has so many of us scratching our heads 3) an angry essay by an Israeli poet, listing all he is ashamed of here
We discuss 1) Trump’s proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan 2) A video by Bernie Sanders applauding his opposition to the “apartheid-like conditions in Palestine” 3) The Gesher Party, which may be king-makers after the votes are counted in these elections.
We discuss 1) why the Labor Party is defaming centrist Blue & White Party as stooges of the right 2) whether a key to understand Israel today is to see that it is increasingly a “post-Secular” society 3) a new project to build a cable-car connecting Jewish West Jerusalem with the Wailing Wall
We discuss 1) the Central Election Committee’s decision to ban some parties from running for the Knesset while allowing others 2) the shocking popularity of a new libertarian party 3) why the Midburn festival has grown so popular and beloved so quickly.