Israel

The “Nature of Politics” Edition

We discuss 1) a call for Israelis to avoid visiting streams, forests and archeological sites in the West Bank 2) an ambitious and controversial Jordanian-Palestinian-Israeli plan to build networks of desalination plants and solar arrays 3) who we’d invite into our Sukkah if we had world enough and time

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The “Oy” in “Joyocaust”

A “Joy-o-caust”?!? What’s Transparent telling us about how to be Jewish?

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The Language of a Common Dream

The Hebrew language once brought Jews around the world together. Is it now tearing them apart?

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Triaphobia

Will a third Knesset election be the disaster everyone says it will be, or should we just chill out and repeat to ourselves, “Third time’s a charm!”, “Third time’s a charm!,” “Third time’s a charm!”?

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The “Language of a Common Dream” Edition

We discuss 1) whether a 3rd elections round would really be as bad as everyone says 2) whether the Hebrew language, that once unified Jews around the world, hasn’t lately begun to do exactly the opposite 3) the finale of the TV series Transparent, and what it says about how we ought (and ought not) practice Judaism in the 21st Century

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The General

Lt. General Benny Gantz got more votes than anyone else in last month’s elections. So why is he playing rope-a-dope, instead of coming out punching?

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The Prime Minister

Why o’ why won’t anyone negotiate with poor Prime Minister Netanyahu?

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The President

Has Israeli President Reuven Rivlin finally solved the ancient riddle: When is a Prime Minister not a Prime Minister?

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The “The President, the Prime Minister & the General” Edition

We discuss 1) Rivlin’s decision to anoint Netanyahu with the right-and-responsibility to form a government 2) Netanyahu’s efforts to form a government 3) Gantz’s insistence that he wants nothing more than a national unity government

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Losing/Finding My Religion

This episode features true stories on the theme “Losing/Finding My Religion,” as told by Chana Sperber, Elana Dorfman, Emanuel Shahaf, Gunther Oakey, Heather Stone, Sam Litvin, Milton Roller, and Yisrael Campbell.

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