Episodes

The “Fit for the Job?” Edition

Was the President right to ask the PM to form the next government? Is it hypocritical of Netanyahu to form a coalition with the support of the Islamist Ra’am Party? What do we need in our new president?

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The Poetry of Avot Yeshurun

On this episode, Marcela features the poems of a fascinating writer whose pen name was Avot Yeshurun. He published his first book of poems in 1942, and his last book appeared in 1992, on the day before he died

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Shall We Meet Earlier?

Believe it or not, we Israelis aren’t always running late. Some of us even tend to arrive ahead of schedule. Yes, you read that right. We even have a special verb which means ‘to arrive ahead of time’

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My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, Right or Wrong?

Is love of country a blessing or a menace? Can a citizen of the world embrace universal values but also love one’s country? Professor Steven B. Smith defends – and rebuilds – American patriotism as an antidote to America’s upheavals.

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What is a Museum of the Jewish People a Museum Of?

$100 million and hundreds of thousands of hours went into reimagining the Diaspora Museum as “Anu: The Museum of the Jewish People.” What’s the new place have to tell us about Jews?

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Robot Soldiers

New autonomous weapons patrolling the border with Gaza keeps militants from crossing into Israel without endangering the lives of Israeli soldiers. Is that great news or awful news, or maybe somehow both?

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Way Out

Israel’s political stalemate can maybe be solved by a law disqualifying PM Netanyahu (and anyone else standing trial for felonies) from heading a new government. But is it kosher to pass a law meant to end one specific person’s political career?

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The “Far-Fetched Fixes” Edition

Is a law to disqualify Netanyahu from forming a gov’t kosher? What to make of robot soldiers patrolling the Gaza border? What’s the biggest Jewish museum in the world have to tell us about what it means to be a Jew?

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The “What’s All This Talk About Electile Dysfunction?!?” Edition

What should we make of the surprising success of the Islamicist Ra’am party? The Kahanists in the Knesset? The better-than-anyone-predicted showing of Blue & White? The relative failure of the right-winger Gideon Sa’ar and Naftali Bennett? The relative success of the Labor Party and Meretz? The stalwart centrist Yair Lapid?

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Ayelet Tsabari’s “Savta”

Marcela shares the second installment of a three-part podcast on Ayalet Tsabari’s important and beautiful memoir, “The Art of Leaving”

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