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I’m Warning You!

The words להזהיר and אזהרה are used to warn someone of something or someone. We have many expressions with אזהרה, including the saying, רְאו הוזהרתם

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Mizrahi Jews and Palestinian Arabs: A Bilateral Triangle?

Prof. Hillel Cohen, historian of the Middle East at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discusses his new book, which attempts to define Mizrahi politics in historical and contemporary contexts

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The “Can’t Spell ‘Minister Ben Gvir’ Without ‘Bite Me’” Edition

We discuss: 1) The coalition agreement that gives Ben Gvir, well, a lot of Jewish Power 2) Whether or not it’s wrong to change a “basic law” so Aryeh Deri can be a minister

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Be Careful!

How would you warn a friend who is about to be hit by an electric bike speeding on the sidewalk? We would shout, !זהירות

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The Birth of a Nation: The Diplomatic Backstory of Israel’s Establishment

Prof. Jeffrey Herf discusses his new book which analyzes how Israeli independence benefited from the changing international landscape in the "twilight" period between the Second World War and the Cold War

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“The Man in the Room Where It Happened” Edition

We discuss: 1) If the rocky road travelled by the “change” coalition proves that a right-center-left-Arab-Jewish coalition is possible or, maybe just the opposite 2) Whether Benny Gantz should break his campaign promise, join Netanyahu’s government, and save us from the Kahanists and the homophobes

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Tantura: The Massacre That Was

Filmmaker Alon Schwarz discusses his new documentary, Tantura, which reopens an episode from Israel's War of Independence and a controversy that erupted in the 1990s

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Your Israeli Soundtrack for November

We've got the latest Israeli hits for you, along with a special studio guest

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The “Slippery Slopes” Edition

We discuss: 1) The agreement in the emerging coalition agreements to pass a law letting the Knesset reverse decisions by the Courts to reverse laws passed by the Knesset 2) Whether or not the “Law of Return” ought to be narrowed so it no longer applies to people who don’t have at least one Jewish parent

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Show Me the Money

How could it be that we still didn't dedicate an entire episode to the Hebrew word כסף, money? Let's correct that wrong. Guy explains the slangy term for someone who is “loaded” with cash, and will also teach a special 'blessing' directed towards someone who stole from us

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Night Comes On: Ottoman Cities After Dark

Prof. Avner Wishnitzer discusses his book “As Night Falls: Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Cities After Dark,” a groundbreaking social history of Istanbul and Jerusalem on the cusp of modernity

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The “The Fault Lies Not in Our Star, but in Merav Michaeli?!?” Edition

We discuss: 1) The recriminations within the “Change bloc” over who is to blame for their huge election loss 2) Whether the religious parties that will dominate half the coalition plan to turn Israel into a “Halakhic State”

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