the promised podcast – full show

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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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 “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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The “What Is Up? What Is Down?” Edition

We discuss: 1) The “Judicial Reform” that has so many people so worried 2) Who Israel’s “National Poet,” Hayim Nahman Bialik is to us, on the 150th anniversary of his birth

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The “The Falcon & the Falconer” Edition

We discuss: 1) Whether something “fundamental” just changed with the recent elections 2) Whether the jurisdiction of Rabbinical courts ought to be expanded to include civil disputes

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The “Getting the Book of Books on the Books” Edition

We discuss: 1) The new “coalition agreements” signed, some of which Netanyahu already said he ain’t gonna honor 2) The new proposed Basic Law that gives learning Talmud in a Yeshiva the same weight and status as commanding a tank in the IDF

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The “Through Sally’s Eyes” Edition

Ever since the elections produced what the elections produced, we’ve been wondering what our Sally Abed makes of all this. This week, finally, we had a chance to ask

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The “Separation Contemplation” Edition

We discuss: 1) the proposals to separate the secular, mostly Progressive Jews in Israel from the mostly-religious, mostly right-wing ones 2) the new vision J Street unveiled at its recent conference

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The “Salt & Pfeffer” Edition

We discuss: 1) Why giving the Noam party control over enrichment programs in schools has led to great anger towards Netanyahu 2) Whether the dominant tone of the incoming Israeli governing coalition is a resounding “F you” to American Jews

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The “Can’t Spell ‘Minister Ben Gvir’ Without ‘Bite Me’” Edition

We discuss: 1) The coalition agreement that gives Ben Gvir, well, a lot of Jewish Power 2) Whether or not it’s wrong to change a “basic law” so Aryeh Deri can be a minister

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