Israel

When Cannons Roar

There were 32 attacks on Israeli Jews – some deadly – in January. How does the violence affect the protests over Netanyahu’s reforms that have roiled the country?

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The “Demonstrating Faith” Edition

We discuss: 1) The nearly daily, sometimes deadly Palestinian attacks on Jews, and their impact on the protests against Netanyahu’s reforms 2) The sudden rise of a (very small) religious left, and what it says about today and means for tomorrow

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U & Us

University students hold every imaginable political belief. So is it right for university administrators and faculty to encourage their students to protest the new government?

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A Tale of Four Cities

Fifteen times as many people are turning out for anti-government demonstrations in Tel Aviv as are coming to demonstrations in Jerusalem. But are the small demonstrations in the capital more important than the big demonstrations on the coast?

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The “All You Protest Kids” Edition

We discuss: 1) Whether the very different natures of the protests in Jerusalem, Haifa and Beer Sheva offer a corrective to the much bigger demonstrations in Tel Aviv 2) Whether it’s right for ostensibly apolitical universities, professors and students to protest the government on campus

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The Painstaking Work to Locate the Tens of Thousands of Books Stolen by the Nazis

National Library Database & Reference Librarian Daniel Lipson, has spent years painstakingly locating the tens of thousands of books in the library’s collections that were stolen by Nazis. Just ahead of International Holocaust Day, he tells us why

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WWYS, or What Would Yossi Say?

Journalist, scholar, and public intellectual Yossi Klein Halevi published an essay arguing that we’re riven between those who long for a “State of Judaism”, and those who long for a “State of Jews.” How did we get here? Yossi Klein Halevi, who joined us for the discussion, has an answer!

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Estoppel Anagrams to “Lost Peeps”

The Supreme Court bars Shas head Aryeh Deri from being a minister, and half the country thinks justice has been done and half the country thinks the results of Novembers democratic elections have been undone

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The “When Life Gives You Demons…” Edition

We discuss: 1) The Supreme Court ruling that Aryeh Deri cannot be a minister and the constitutional crisis that may follow 2) The essay by Yossi Klein Halevi arguing that we’re riven between those who long for a “State of Judaism”, and those who long for a “State of Jews.” We are joined for this discussion by the author himself!

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Our Bialik

People still call Hayim Nahman Bialik Israel’s “National Poet.” What could that possibly mean in 2023, on the 150th anniversary of Bialik’s birth?

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