The “Sidelocks & Sidearms?” Edition

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

Families 2.0
The organization of the families of the hostages has decided to change strategies, linking its campaign to bring the hostages home to the campaign for “elections now.” Is the fight to get the hostages home entering a new phase?

Sidelocks & Sidearms
A Supreme Court injunction cuts off, cold-turkey, funding for army-aged, ultra-Orthodox Yeshiva students who learn instead of serve. Couldn’t they have let the turkey get to room-temperature?

Snap Judgement
For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: Should a photographer who watched and snapped his shutter while people were being killed, raped and kidnapped get a prize for a picture he took?

Plus a farewell to one of the country’s greatest novelists and activists. And, more music of our times.


  • Nofia Yedidya — Feyot*
  • Elai Botner, Arkadi Duchin and Roni Delumi ‚— Kayitz Aharon
  • Kfir Tsafrir & Netta Barzilai — Natek Oti

* “Dedicated to the memories of Daniella/Danna Patronko, Hadar Freenitz, Hili Solomon, Ziv Frenkel, Libby Cohen, Lynn Dafni, Noa Zender, Noa Frej, Sivan Alkabetz, Sivan Shaharbani, Sapir Bilmas, Inbar Shem-Tov, Amit Levi, Karine Jorno, Ron Tzarfati, Shani Amin, Shani Gabbai, Shani Louk, Shoham Yaakov and Shinhav Yaakov, who were killed at the Nova Festival in Re’im, and to the memories of all the others killed at the Nova Festival, may their memories be for a blessing.”

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1 comment on “The “Sidelocks & Sidearms?” Edition

  1. Judy says:

    What was the name of the author who just passed away? What book of his would you recommend.? Thank you for your podcast. I have been listening for years. I am so appreciative of your voices during this horrible time.
    From a Grandmother in NJ.

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