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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and very special guest Mijal Bitton discuss two topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

The Best Laid Plans
President Herzog’s compromise plan for judicial reform failed straight out of the gate. But why?

Ne’emanut Now
Mijal explains her notion of “Ne’emanut” and how maybe there’s more to morality than being principled

How Are Israel’s Judicial Reforms Affecting Those On the Outside?
For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: How does the fight over the courts here affect Jews in other places who care about Israel?

All that and the protest song just voted “the best song in Israel’s history,” plus the music of Benaia Barabi!


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2 comments on “The “Oy and Thou” Edition

  1. David Weinstein says:

    A disappointment. When obviously very intelligent people have a discussion of a catastrophic situation and all remain in various levels of denial regarding the danger.

    1. Noah Efron says:

      Thanks for writing, David. I am up to take the criticism, but (and speaking just for myself, not for Mijal or Allison) I don’t think I am “in denial” of the danger, I just think that (a) the worst won’t happen, and (b) even if the worst does happen, it is not the end of democracy and things will be set right again after the next election. Still, I think that what is happening is bad and dangerous; we maybe disagree about how bad, how dangerous, and how irreversible.

      (I do get that there may be no practical difference between being “in denial” and just plain having a different assessment of the circumstances, but it still seems like a distinction that matters.)

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