Episodes

Kombina

    Kombina is one of the most salient features of Israeli society. In order to survive in this country, one needs to fend for oneself, using all possible means: Contacts, resourcefulness and creative ideas.Some Israelis say we are even ‘Medinat Kombina’, a ‘kombina’ state. So how do you use this word, and how can you…

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The President and the Pop-Stars – The Promised Podcast‏

    Allison, Eilon, Don and Noah discuss The Palestinian prisoner release and whether it helps or hinders the peace process Education Minister Shay Piron’s decision to start teaching first-graders about the Holocaust and carry on right through high school: Should we teach Treblinka to tots?. The gang also chats with Knesset Member Dov Khenin about what’s…

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Tsohorayim

    ‘Tsohorayim’ is noon time. But what do Israelis mean by “call me sometime ba-tsohorayim?” And when is ‘achar ha-tsohorayim?’   The ending song: יעל לוי – תמונה  

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Low election turnout, and the decline in the old hardline Zionist ideology – The Promised Podcast‏

    Allison, Don, Eilon and Noah discuss: this week’s local elections, why fewer and fewer folks come out to vote in them, and what we’re voting about when we bother to vote at all, and our changing attitudes towards citizens who opt out, moving to Berlin or Brooklyn, and how the shifts reflect a…

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Politeness in Hebrew

People say that Israelis can come across as rude. Are we simply too direct? Contrary to popular belief, there are ways to be courteous in modern Hebrew.

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Rogel Alpher with Marina Toshich – Journeys

    Born an only child in Sarajevo, Marina Toshich was influenced by the culturally diverse music scene found in the streets of her Bosnian capital. Throughout her life, Marina experimented with cultural activities ranging from plastic art, piano, horseback riding, and swimming at the 1985 Maccabiah Games in Israel. After the Gulf War in…

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Mishpachot

    What Hebrew language teachings can we pick up from documentary TV series “Mishpachot,” by the Heymann Brothers? The series is composed of five Israeli families who utilize many different layers of the language.  

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Dani Dayan, the secular settler leader – Journeys

From 2006, Dani Dayan served as the Chairman of the Yesha Council – the organization of municipal councils of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

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Accent and Pronunciation

    Today, I’ll give you a few tips: how to improve your accent and pronunciation in Hebrew. There are many things you can do on your own, at home.  

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Rogel Alpher with Akin Ajayi – Journeys

    Brought up in London, 6 year old Akin Ajayi had to change his residence to the hot-noisy-sweaty-crowded Lagos. Lagos is the largest city in southwestern Nigeria. He treated that as an adventure, but went through stages where he felt homesick. Although his English was impeccable Akin had a tough time making new friends as…

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