Episodes

I Got Promoted!

“Hey! Check out my Facebook page, and my Twitter, oh, and my TikTok account, and don’t forget my Instagram page.” In Hebrew this is called קידום עצמי, self promotion. Guy explains words and phrases related to promotion, all derived from the root ק-ד-מ

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Israeli Democracy: Going, Going Gone?

Why is Israel hacking away at its own democratic institutions and values? The assault on the judiciary, primacy of the majority at the expense of minorities, loyalty as a litmus test, corruption and illiberalism – are these Israel’s destiny?

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On the Road and Off the Derekh

If you’re born a religious Zionist in Israel, there’s a one in three chance you’ll be secular when you grow up. Is that a fact that matters?

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Red Ties, Blue Ties

Netanyahu has one. Saar has one. Bennett has one. Lapid has one. Lieberman has one. And Gantz has one. How do all the American political consultants running our election campaigns affect Israeli politics?

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A Pre-Election Reflection

This election campaign was maybe the weirdest in Israel’s history. What the hell just happened?

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The “Can’t Spell Campaign Without Manic or Panic” Edition

What are we to make of the election campaigns now drawing to a close? How are American political consultants affecting Israeli politics? Is “internal migration” a key to understanding what Israel is all about?

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We’re Making Progress!

There’s a fairly new Hebrew slang term out in the wild which means “move on!” We Israelis say, תתקדם! The root קדמ in the binyan hitpael form will be the focus of today’s episode

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Each Country – Populist in Its Own Way?

Julius Rogenhofer studies manifestations of populism and democratic erosion in deeply divided societies. Rogenhofer identifies the causes and consequences of populist-driven democratic erosion in Turkey, India and Israel, shaped by each state’s social, ethnic and religious divisions.

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Raffish Women

Is there maybe a special, nuclear-grade misogyny reserved for tough, brash, in-your-face, Mizrahi women, who are among our most successful (and most disparaged) leaders today?

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Us & Them

A study finds Israeli teens don’t trust teens who are different than they are. Why? What can be done?

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