The “Tube and Other Boobs” Edition

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

United and It Feels So Good
47 years ago, the founders of Meretz split from the Labor Party because that party was too soft on the Rabbis, too shaky on settlements, and too feeble on human rights. Labor said good riddance, because Meretz was a bunch of condescending, elitist Ashkenazim. Now the two parties have reunited for the upcoming elections. Can it work?

Déjà Whew!
The right-of-the-Likud parties just joined together, save the very-far-right, neo-Kahanist “Jewish Might” party. What’s going on out there, beyond the far reaches of the Likud?

Watching Big Brother
Is reality television just political activism by other means?

Has The Green Party Gone Up In Smoke?
For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra segment, we discuss what happened to the Green Party, which was elected to the Knesset in September, but now – just a few months later — finds itself not even running in the March elections. It was Kermit the Frog who said, “It’s not easy being green,” and we delve to the murky depths of that amphibian wisdom.

All this and the enchanting Daniel Rubin!

Music
Daniel Rubin, in honor of her socko show this week at Levontin

  • Hergashti Yafah (הרגשתי יפה)
  • Ba-Dimayon Sheli (בדמיון שלי)
  • Ha-Sippur be-Gadol (הסיפור בגדול)
  • Ha-Laila (הלילה)

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