The “Past & Present” Edition

Sally Abed, Miriam Herschlag and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

Politics of Memory
Is it possible to keep politics outside the gates of our cemeteries?

Kids & Vids
Seven Ashkenazi teens at a religious high school for girls make a video full of stereotypes about Sefaradim. Sure, it’s icky, but what’s it mean?

Definitely Not Live
There’s a new duet by two of Israel’s most revered, tragic, Yemenite singers, who have been dead for decades. What happens to culture, once AI can vanquish death?

For Some, Like Sally, It’s Going to Be a Complicated Week
For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: What is it like to be Sally, during this fraught eight-day-week from Holocaust Memorial Day, to Memorial Day for Israel’s Fallen, to Independence Day?

All that and a farewell to Meir Shalev, Easter in the Galilee and the remarkable music of young Israeli artists inspired by the stories of aging Holocaust survivors.


  • Sippur she-Lo Nigmar, by Aya Zahavi Feiglin, Lee B. & Sivan Talmore
  • Shir Mispar, by Guy Mazig, Harel Skaat and Yonatan Razel
  • HaZaken Mi-Berlin, by Aya Zahavi Feiglin, Alon Eder & Shai Tsabari, featuring Kobi Oz
  • Shir Yafe Shel Bayit, by Carakukly

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