The “With Great Freedom” Edition

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Don Futterman, Noah Efron and superstar reporter Linda Gradstein discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

Wages of Sin
Are the crimes of terrorists visited on their loved ones?

Rest in Peace?
Should dead people be dug up and downsized into ossuaries a year after they’re buried? Some rabbis, scholars and environmental activists say, absolutely!

As If We Left Egypt
What does it mean to “see ourselves as if we ourselves left Egypt,” in this moment of viruses and violences, of refugees and unrest.

No Funding For You
For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: Nineteen celebrated progressive American Rabbis act to keep donations from American Jews from reaching far-right-wing Israeli groups like the anti-gay, anti-miscegenation, Jewish supremacist organization Lahava. That’s a good thing, right?

All this and rocking Passover-ish pop!


  • Avarnu et Paraoh – Micha Biton
  • Eich Yodim SheBa Aviv – Jane Bordeaux
  • Mitzrayim – Aya Korem, Featuring Lea Shabat
  • Had Gadya – Chava Alberstein

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5 comments on “The “With Great Freedom” Edition

  1. David says:

    Are they really Israelis though? Or are they born to undermine us? See, Book of Ezra, Malachi

    1. David says:

      Dear Noah,
      I promised myself not to post again for a couple of weeks, since embarrassing myself, though the Kant Maxim is pretty good, and much better in Doo-wop form :D. I wish we went to school together, it could have been fun.

      Still though, I think about Kant, and many other enlightened thinkers, who basically took hundreds of pages to reason out something expressed in Leviticus 19:18, “but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.” Then again, as the story goes with Rabbi Hillel saying “That which is hateful to you do not do to another; that is the entire Torah, and the rest is its interpretation. Go study.”
      I mean, that is pretty good for a Universal Imperative which came 1600 – 4300 years earlier, right?

      I guess the point I am inadvertently making is that, all the “Top-Seller” books which may contain some form of worldly wisdom ultimately do not add up to even a chapter of what was written down long ago. Write? E.g., How to be successful, how to build better relationships, etc.

      So, is it worthwhile learning Torah all day? Is it worthwhile fighting Nazis? I cannot isolate either thought taken to its extreme measure, though, In the words of Isaiah the prophet:
      “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
      Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” Isaiah 46:9-10

  2. David says:

    I am sorry Sir, the Western liberalsit/humanitarianism has reached a breaking point.

  3. David says:

    My prediction is: they’ll pronounce some mix leader over all-Israel, then heartbreak will reign out, i mean Palestinians running to hills, too. Don’t trust the AI

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