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The “Eyes on the Prize” Edition

Allison, Don and Noah discuss: (1) the candidates competing to head the liberal-left Meretz party, and the different visions of the future they each bring; (2) whether writer David Grossman should turn down the Israel Prize he was just selected to receive; and (3) the hottest reality TV show in Jewish history – “Marriage at First Sight” – that matches people who meet for the first time under the Chuppah.

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Your Soundtrack for Purim

It’s nearly Purim, so join us as we get in the mood for the party of the year and celebrate the Jewish salvation from the might of the Persian Empire!

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An Elegant Professor: Ruby Namdar’s “The Ruined House”

Ruby Namdar’s novel “The Ruined House” centers on an esteemed professor and is uncannily timely in how it dovetails with the #MeToo movement.

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Breaking Point

The root shavar gives Hebrew its words for break, broke, broken. There are plenty of unexpected phrases to learn with this root, one of which is not for kids.

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My Halakha, Your Halakha: Between Jewish Law and Jewish Life

Dr. Leon Wiener Dow, a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, discusses his new book which explores the relationship between God, law prayer, practice, and community in Jewish law.

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The “Tragic Flaws” Edition

We discuss the police recommendation that PM Netanyahu be indicted for at least two counts of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, the strange resignation from the Knesset of former-head of the Israel Security Agency Yaakov Perry, and the prosecution of a ceramic company for refusing to deliver tiles and toilets to Jewish settlers.

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Travels Through Language: The Poetry of the Jerusalem Light Rail

Each of the 23 stops of the Jerusalem Light Rail’s red line features a poem, translated into Arabic, Hebrew, and English. We’ll devote this episode to some of these pieces.

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Food for Thought

How do you say Thai food in Hebrew? How about “I don’t eat coriander?” This episode is a feast of tasty eating-related words and phrases.

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Get to Know Gaza Before the Next War

Why isn’t Gaza a Singapore by the sea, and is there any hope or route to improvement? Veteran journalist Donald Macintyre brings years of firsthand reporting to his deeply informative and equally colorful book “Gaza: Preparing for Dawn”.

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The “Federation Delegation Visitation Conversation” Edition

Before a live audience including a delegation from UJA-Federation of New York, we discuss Israel’s “new poverty,” whether philanthropists from abroad ought to withhold support when Israel’s government pursues policies they find lamentable, and why, for all its discontents, Israel is the place we chose to raise our kidlings.

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This Week’s Israeli Soundtrack

We’re back again to bring you the best new Israeli & Jewish music. This show features the monumental latest releases from Sarit Hadad, Dudu Aharon, Subliminal and many many more!

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I Live in an Old Book: Poems by Haim Gouri

Poems by the late Haim Gouri, the last poet of Israel’s founding generation.

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A Matter of Taste

We learned ‘ta’im’ — tasty — but its root, tet-ayin-mem, makes up a whole family of culinary terms aching to be used.

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No Arbitration Without Representation: Alternative Court Systems in America

Michael Broyde, professor of law at Emory University and former rabbinical judge, discusses the constitutional, legal, and societal implications of track two arbitration in the contemporary United States.

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The “Democrats, Diplomats & Habitats” Edition

We discuss a new survey finding that American Republicans and Democrats are more divided about Israel than ever, the growing shortfall in talented young recruits for Israeli diplomatic jobs, and why the government’s long-awaited affordable rent bill is being attacked by those you’d expect to be praising it.

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For the Sake of the Homeland: Nava Semel’s “Paper Bride”

Nava Semel’s “Paper Bride” paints a vivid portrait of British Palestine in the 1930s, seen through the eyes of an illiterate boy.

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If Someone Comes to Kill You: Exposing Israel’s History of Targeted Assassinations

Ronen Bergman’s exposé reveals Israel’s deadliest secrets. It includes material never before released on the targeted assassinations that preceded the establishment of Israel and continues on to this day. He discusses why and how Israel imposes the death penalty outside of any courtroom, based entirely on its own rules.

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Giving Two Hundred Percent

To mark episode 200, learn to say matayim, two hundred in Hebrew, and to talk about this special suffix for pairs, ‘ayim’.

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The “Abbas Unbound” Edition

This week’s episode covers Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s latest diatribes against Israel, the “Anne Frank Home Sanctuary Movement”, and reports of Amazon.com’s forthcoming arrival in Israel.

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Tu Bishvat Music Special

As Israel celebrates Tu Bishvat, the new year for trees, we’re here to get you in the mood with some fantastic tree and generally plant-related Israeli music!

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A Translator Poet: Peter Cole’s “Hymns and Qualms”

Peter Cole is a poet and translator who has recreated Spain’s golden age of Jewish culture and adapted tenth-century Arabic-language poetry to 21st-century English so skillfully that the lines sing.

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Dream a Little Dream of Me

Halom is a dream in Hebrew, plural, Halomot. There are lots of songs about halomot, which is great. But how is it related to Guy’s grandpa?

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Ladies and Gents: The Jewish Bourgeoisie in Interwar Egypt

Historian Liat Maggid-Alon discusses the emergence of a stratum of upper-middle-class Jews in early-to-mid 20th century Egypt.

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The “Selfie in Auschwitz?” Edition

We discuss whether it’s time for Israeli leftists to embrace a sort of Bernie-Sandersian populism, an unnerving new viral video of two kids rapping about taking selfies in Auschwitz, and whether the demise of beloved literary hangout cafes in Tel Aviv signals the deterioration of public discourse.

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And The Rat Laughed: Remembering Writer Nava Semel

Excerpts from the novel “And The Rat Laughed,” by the late Nava Semel. Her work was the first to address the topic of the so-called “Second Generation”— children of Holocaust survivors. Nava passed away in December 2017.

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