The “Now and Then” Edition

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Sally Abed, 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.

Violence Season
Is it inevitable that seasons of calm are replaced by seasons of violence, just as winter gives way to spring?

Israel’s government ends the mask mandate and says: Lighten up, happy days are here again. Did the almost 4,000 people a day still getting COVID miss the memo?

Then, Now
Can we, and should we, have a Holocaust Day that is not just Jewish but also Israeli?

What’s Our Take Away From PM Bennett’s High Take-Away Expenditures?
For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: After Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is lavishly lambasted, lamented and lampooned after it came out that his family spends 800 shekels a day on take-out, he tweets that he’ll pay for the damn take-out with his high-tech millions. What should our take-away be?

All this and music for Yom ha-Shoah and every other day of the year


  • Ha-Hayyim Yafim – Ahinoam Nini
  • Efer ve-Avak – Yehudah Poliker
  • Mi-Maamakim – Tovah Ben-Zvi
  • Halikha le-Kesaria – Quinta va-Hetzi

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