The “Dilemmas of Power” Edition

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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.

My Way or Norway?
The “Norwegian Law” lets ministers resign from the Knesset and get replaced by party cronies. Is that corrupt cronyism, or just good government?

Deunification by Reunification
Only a week passed before Israel’s new government came up against a controversy that threatens to blow it apart, over whether Palestinians who marry Israeli citizens should automatically get citizenship. What should MKs do when politics demands something their conscience cannot allow?

A Brook of One’s Own?
The Parks Authority wants to set aside times when brooks, streams, rivers and lakes are open only to women bathers, or only to men bathers. But is that cool?

Delta, “Keep Climbing”?
For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion, we gulp and ask, how freaked-the-f*ck out should we be over rising COVID numbers, including among fully vaccinated folks.

All that and new music by Itai Toren, the 22 year old son of one of Israel’s best rocker-songwriters!


  • Polite
  • Not Half Bad
  • Descend
  • My Name

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