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

Smells Like Zionist Spirit
Two small right-wing parties join to form “The Zionist Spirit”. What’s that all about?

Gimme Shelter
A judge orders a woman into protective custody when her ex and his family threatens her life. That can’t be right, can it?

Carry that Weight
A study says that IDF inductees weigh 10 kg more these days, on average, than they did 40 years ago.

PM Lapid’s Vacation Lands Him in Hot Water
For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: Israel’s (very) secular PM is raked over the coals when it comes out that he planned to be enjoying a vacation on Tisha B’Av, for religious folks a traditional day of fasting and mourning. Is it the job of Israel’s Prime Minister to respect religious traditions that don’t hold much meaning for him?

All this and Avital, on the release of her new record!


  • Ma‘amina
  • Sham
  • Agenda
  • Ho Elohim

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