The “Simulacrum and Dissimulation” Edition

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

The Holocaust Will Not Be Tweeted
Dramatizing the Holocaust on Instagram so phone-addicted kids will pay attention? Seriously?

Sins of the Fathers’ Grocer
When a supermarket chain uses a made-up story about Ashkenazi wholesalers exploiting and insulting Mizrahi shoppers four decades ago, is that a bigger insult to Ashkenazim or Mizrahim?

Lights Unto the Nation
What do the people chosen to light torches at the national Independence Day say about the state of our national soul?

Really NYTimes? Really?
For our most extravagantly generous Patreon patrons, in our extra-special, special extra segment, we discuss the caricature in the New York Times of a big-nosed dachshund Netanyahu with a Jewish star on his collar, leading a blind, yarmulka-ed Trump. Wha?!?

Music
Songs of Remembrance, for Yom Ha-Shoah:

  • Halom, by Ohad Kostki (with lyrics by Abramek Koplowitz, who perished at 14 in Auschwitz)
  • Beautiful that way, by Achinoam Nini (Noa)
  • Mi ba-Esh, by Shanty Kadar
  • Afar ve-Avak, by Yehuda Poliker

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