The “Put Away for Take Away?” Edition

Photo: Hadas Parush/Flash90

Outgoing International Director of Haaretz Charlotte Halle, Allison Kaplan Sommer, and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

Put Away for Take Away?
First Lady Sara Netanyahu is indicted for charging taxpayers $100,000 for fancy take-out (while also charging the taxpayers for a full-time chef). Should the wife of a Prime Minister really stand trial for bilking the public coffers for cardboard cartons of comestibles?

Bougie’s Golem
Former Labor head and present-day chair of the opposition, Yizhak “Bougie” Herzog, is elected to head the venerable, old Jewish Agency. But is the organization better off dead?

The Council for the Preservation of Historic Inefficiency?
Should Israel’s government subsidize such quaint anachronisms as artisanal bread-baking and clothes-making, for the sake of preserving a once-beloved cultural heritage destroyed by the globalization, corporatization and factorization of pretty much everything?

Music
The White Screen, HaMasach HaLavan:

  • Tembel, Tembel
  • Rak Ba-Kever
  • Indianim
  • Nipagesh ba-Olam ha-Ba

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