Episodes

(Some) People’s Army

A new poll finds that most Israelis favor cancelling universal conscription and turning the IDF into a “professional army.” Is the IDF still a “People’s army”?

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Whose Country Is It Anyway?

By closing its borders, is Israel turning diaspora Jews into “second-class Jews”?

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Hanukkah with Zealots, Oh My!

President Yitzhak Herzog lights candles with settlers in Hebron, causing protestors on the left to cry, “He’s not my president.”

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The “Candles with Zealots, Oh My!” Edition

We discuss: 1) The President’s controversial decision to celebrate Hanukkah in Hebron 2) Whether, by closing its borders to non-citizens, Israel is making diaspora Jews into 2nd class Jews 3) A poll finding that most Israelis favor turning the IDF into a “professional army”

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Pull Over!

In Hebrew, עצור means stop!, imperative. When driving in Israel, if you suddenly hear עצור בצד blaring from a loudspeaker, you better know what to do.

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Israel’s Next Top Model

New models say in 2050, one in four Israelis will be ultra-Orthodox, but does that maybe tell us more about the models than it does about the ultra-Orthodox?

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No Prize

Israel’s Education Minister decides not to give the country’s biggest prize to a genius computer theorist because he petitioned the EU to boycott an Israeli university in the territories

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The “Model Citizens” Edition

We discuss: 1) The decision not to give computer theorist Oded Goldreich the Israel Prize 2) Whether all gov’t offices should be moved to Jerusalem 3) Whether the models used to forecast Israel’s demography in 2050 produce self-fulfilling prophecies

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