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Allison, Don and Noah discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the press. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90
Quo Vadis, Bibi?

We discuss the weird state of the Israeli government, which seems to be, at once, on the verge of collapse and surprisingly stable: What gives?

 

 

Rabbi Shalom Cohen, speaks during an inauguration ceremony. Photo by Yaakov Cohen/Flash90The Curious Case of the Rabbi Excommunicated for Exercising Free Speech

The moral and political dilemma arising from the Minister of Defense’s decision to excommunicate a rabbi for advising soldiers to ignore orders to evacuate settlements; we may hate the rabbis politics, but don’t we still need to defend his right to freedom of expression.

 

 

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkott seen during an army exercise. Photo by IDF Spokesperson/FLASH90
A Tale of Two Censors

Whether it’s better for democracy to have an army censor who’s in our face, or one who expects that we censor ourselves (or maybe option C, no censor at all!)

 

 

All songs composed by the great Ahuva Ozari (a “Founding Mother” of Mizrahi Music), in honor of the last 17 immigrants secreted this week from Yemen to Jerusalem.
Daklon and Sagiv Cohen with Ahuva Ozari, “Tzilzulei Pa’amonim”
Yehudit Ravitz and Ahuvah Ozari, “Ha-Ish Ha-Hu”
Ahuva Ozari, “Ha-Or Ha-Ganuz”
Daklon and Sagiv Cohen with Ahuva Ozari, “Kol Koreh”

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