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An inside view of how Israel can warm your heart and make your blood boil. It’s a show by a journalist, a professor and an NGO professional who live in and love Israel even though it drives them crazy, and who each week discuss the latest in Israeli politics, culture, and society.

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    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

An inside view of how Israel can warm your heart and make your blood boil. It’s a show by a journalist, a professor and an NGO professional who live in and love Israel even though it drives them crazy, and who each week discuss the latest in Israeli politics, culture, and society.

    The “Blessings and Curses” Edition

    The “Blessings and Curses” Edition

    Allison Kaplan Sommer, Don Futterman and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.
    —Cutting to the Core—
    Benjamin Netanyahu promises ultra-Orthodox politicians, in exchange for their support, to fully-fund Haredi schools no matter what they do and do not teach. Is that unhinged and irresponsible?
    —A Woman’s Place—
    It’s the patriarchy, Stupid!
    —Curses & Blessings—
    Reflections on the year that was.
    All this and songs to take us from the end of the month of Elul through the Days of Awe!

    • 1 hr 25 min
    The “Debating Candidates” Edition

    The “Debating Candidates” Edition

    Allison Kaplan Sommer, Miriam Herschlag and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.
    Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon
     
    —What Gantz Wantz—
    A little from Column A, a little from Column B: What does the “National Unity Party” candidate list tell us about what the party stands for?
    —What Did You Learn in School Today?—
    Is it wrong for a high school principal to let ultra-nationalist MK Itamar Ben Gvir give a speech to her kids?
    —Enflamed Youth—
    The head of Israel’s hottest new political party is a TikTok celeb too young to be elected to the Knesset. What gives?
    —The Nature Hikes in Israel That Left Their Marks On Our Souls—

    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: In honor of Israel’s most legendary hiker, Shuka Ravek, who died this week at 91, we talk about nature hikes we’ve taken over the years that have left their marks on our psyches and our souls.
    All this and Gugi!

    • 1 hr 35 min
    The “Israel – A Father’s Story” Edition

    The “Israel – A Father’s Story” Edition

    In this very-special episode from Limmud Oz in Melbourne, Australia, Noah puzzles out – What? – why he and Susan uprooted their family tree from rich American soil, replanting it in the alluvium of Israel, and how that’s worked out for them and their kids, who are now the age their parents were when they first came to the country. Not a story for everyone, but maybe one that will interest a few. With huge thanks for the amazing folks at Limmud Oz!

    • 50 min
    The “This City We Love So Well!” Edition

    The “This City We Love So Well!” Edition

    In this 100% reused-reduced-recycled episode, Noah bloviates about Tel Aviv-Jaffa, the city we love so well!
     
    The Pussycat Club 
    Coffee Lab 
    Tal Tenne Czaczkes
    Tel Aviv’s City Council Debates Things that Matter
    Bartleby in Tel Aviv 
    The Boteach Sex Store 
    The Bus on Ben Yehuda
    Theodor Herzl’s Funeral Pal
    The Hotel Where Eichmann Slept
    Up in the Old Palatin Hotel
     
    (Plus music of the city, by the city, for the city!)

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The “Primary Directive” Edition

    The “Primary Directive” Edition

    Allison Kaplan Sommer, Gilad Halpern and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.
    Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon
     
     
    —Back to the Future—
    Did the Meretz party primaries just send the party back to the future?
    —Homo Sionisticus Religiosus—
    What, if anything, do the primaries in the Religious Zionism party say about, well, religious Zionism?
    —Primary Directive—
    Do party primaries pick better Knesset candidates than the more autocratic alternatives?
    —How Does American College Life Differ From Israeli University Life?—

    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: With Gilad’s triumphant return from teaching media and journalism at San Diego State University, we talk about how American college life differ from Israeli university life, and what it is like, in this day an age, to be an Israeli transplant on an American campus.
    All this and Folly Tree!

    • 1 hr 39 min
    The “Primaries & Calumnies” Edition

    The “Primaries & Calumnies” Edition

    Allison Kaplan Sommer, Miriam Herschlag and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.
    Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon
     
    —In Labor—
    After its recent primaries, does Labor still look like a party that could ever rule Israel again?
    —Likud: The Screwed, Renewed and Netanyahu’ed—
    After its recent primaries, has the Likud become a party “of Netanyahu, by Netanyahu and for Netanyahu”?
    —Fifty Holocausts—
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says, in Berlin, dumb*ssedly, that Israel has perpetrated “fifty Holocausts.” What, if anything, do we learn from that about the man and the government he represents?
    —The Head-Scratching Over How to Translate ממלכתיות—

    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: The new centrist party with former IDF chiefs-of-staff Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot picks a name that just can’t be translated into English. What the hell does this word that David Ben Gurion made up – mamlakhtiut – mean, and how the hell do we translate it to English?
    All this and a full-of-love-and-admiration good-bye to Tzvika Pick!

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Mdglassman ,

Shockingly thoughtful

Shockingly thoughtful on a very wide range of political and cultural topics/experiences

Eyal80 ,

Good use of busy time, not just free time

If you're looking for holy trinity of intelligent discourse of Israeli politics, comedy, and opera - do not listen to this podcast! However, if you lower your standards to just two of three then this is the podcast for you.

I disagree with the team on this podcast about 5 times each episode, and so I happily give them 1 star for each disagreement.

EconomistReviewer ,

Modern Israeli viewpoints succinctly presented

An enjoyable discussion about the current day issues in Israel. While the positions are rooted in the Leftist-progressive side - this is in no way a regurgitation of the standard left-right talking points. It is led so eloquently and thoughtfully by Noah Efron - indomitably optimistic and with un-ending compassion - even to those with the most upsetting and angering views; with Alison Kaplan who is so well at describing the real situation in all its nuance- and at the same time expressing her opinion in piercingly direct terms which is such a pleasure to hear, and with Don F. (Futerman?)who also is masterful in expressing his views although he - alas - is often the textbook/reference-book lefty voice in the program (just in case you want to know what the conventional left-wing view is on just about anything in Israel). If you want to hear an interesting discussion about modern Israel this podcast is amazing. Thank you Noah Efron - you are doing great- you should do more podcasting because you are a natural. (Yeah you're also funny but in a Dad-jokes kind of way...)

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