Israel

The “Israel First!” Edition

We discuss (1) the great divide between those who think that Israelis have it in our power to bring peace and those fatalists who think, in the end, it just ain’t up to us, (2) the assertion of three leading industrialists that it’s time to put “Israel First,” and (3) the controversial decision of a museum to cover up the evolution exhibits when Ultra-Orthodox kids come to visit.

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The Words of Aouni Sbeit from David Grossman’s “Sleeping on a Wire”

In this episode we read from David Grossman’s “Sleeping on a Wire: Conversations with Palestinians in Israel”, translated by Haim Watzman. The narrative that Grossman records are the words of Aouni Sbeit.

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What About Natalie?

How does Natalie Portman’s decision not to take The Genesis Prize, after having earlier agreed to take it, meet us, and how does it affect us, personally? Oh, Natalie!

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Ben Gurion and The Matrix

Should Israel’s old Labor elite be lionized nostalgically or instead consigned to the dustbin of history?

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Pfeffer’s Netanyahu, Netanyahu’s Israel

In what ways is today’s Israel a product of Benjamin Netanyahu, and in what ways is Benjamin Netanyahu a product of the Israel in which he grew? And what is the price we all pay for the success he’s had molding the country, with such surprising success, into his own image?

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The “What About Natalie?” Edition

We discuss: 1) the ways today’s Israel is a product of Benjamin Netanyahu, and Benjamin Netanyahu the product of Israel, 2) whether Israel’s old Labor elite should be lionized nostalgically or instead consigned to the dustbin of history, and 3) our worry surrounding L’Affaire de Portman.

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Self-Portrait

A new exhibit of painting portray Sefardi men as oppressors of Russian immigrants. Is it racist?

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Conscript Kids

Does seeing IDF soldiers as “our kids” cloud our moral judgment?

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Seventy Short Reasons

For Israel’s 70th, the top 70 reasons we love this crazy place: light of our lives, fire of our loins, our sin, our soul, our home!

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The “Seventy Short Reasons” Edition

We discuss: 1) whether seeing IDF soldiers as “our kids” cloud our moral judgment? 2) a new exhibit of painting portray Sefardi men as oppressors of Russian immigrants. Is it racist? 3) on the occasion of our 70th anniversary, a round-robin of the top 70 reasons we love this place!

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