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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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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 24 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 “The Valley of the Shadow of Deif” Edition

    The “The Valley of the Shadow of Deif” Edition

    Allison Kaplan Sommer and Noah Efron discuss two 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
     
    —The Valley of the Shadow of Deif—
    Can you do a cost-benefit analysis of assassinating a man personally responsible for thousands of Israeli deaths?
    —Unboxing Gaza?—
    What’s it like for Israelis to watch videos of Palestinian resilience?
    —“Dos” and “Don’t-So-Much-Dos”—
    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: Why did a short video about the “Dos” and “Don’t-So-Much-Dos” of workplace relations between secular and ultra-Orthodox colleagues tick off so many of us here in Israel?
    Plus, the profound humanity of the people fighting to release the hostages, and music from Netta Barzilai’s first album, which is like a warm hug from an old friend.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    The “Comfort Where You Find It” Edition

    The “Comfort Where You Find It” Edition

    Miriam Herschlag and Noah Efron discuss two 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
     
    —God Will Avenge His Blood?—
    The IDF has allowed, for the first time ever, military gravestones to add “הי״ד” — “God will avenge his blood” — after the name of a slain soldier. Vengeance carved in stone?
    —Heroes of Israel—
    There’s a new line of “Heroes of Israel” action figures: IDF soldiers for kids to play with. What exactly do they teach our kids?
    —It’s Been Long Enough to Make a Baby—
    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: Nine months of war (long enough to make a baby). Miriam and Noah talk about how they’re doing now.
    Plus, a tribute to two people we remember from iconic photographs, and a new exhibit imagines a very different Zionism than the one we got. Plus more new tunes of our times.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    The “U.S. and Us” Edition

    The “U.S. and Us” Edition

    In a very special, tribute-to-America episode, the sax-and-fiddle player (Alon Tal), the lead-singer-and-keyboardist (Bill Slott), and the bass-player (Noah Efron) of the fondly-remembered band, “Liquid Plumr” discuss two 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
     
    —Bill in Them Hills—
    What can we learn from Bill who spent three months in the West Bank trying to keep local Palestinians from being harassed by local Israelis? Sometimes, you just need to be there.
    —The U.S. and Us—
    How have America and Americans influenced Israeli culture and politics?
    —Are Two Better Than One?—
    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: What is it like to have two countries?
    Plus, music by three great Israeli singers, each born-in-the-U.S.A.

    • 1 hr 47 min
    The “New Day Dawning?” Edition

    The “New Day Dawning?” Edition

    Linda Gradstein, Allison Kaplan Somer and Noah Efron discuss two 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
     
    —Exemption Preemption—
    A bombshell unanimous Supreme Court decision says that, until the Knesset passes a law that says otherwise, Haredi men of army age need to enlist, and those that don’t cannot get government stipends. Are we about to find Yeshiva boys in foxholes?
    —New Day in Gaza?—
    A new report is making the rounds in Jerusalem about how to end the war and coax Gazans to accept Israel, which, new report, may or may not be nuts.
    —AIPAC vs. Bowman—
    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: AIPAC vs. the Squad’s Jamaal Bowman. Decision, AIPAC?
    Plus, Hebrew Book Week 100 years on, and more music of our times.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    The “Down and Out” Edition

    The “Down and Out” Edition

    Linda Gradstein, Don Futterman and Noah Efron discuss two 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 Special on Patreon
     
    —The Other War—
    The war with Hezbollah up north seems to be getting hotter and more deadly with each passing day. Will missiles rain down on Tel Aviv? And when can the nearly 100,000 evacuees from their homes near the Lebanese Border expect to go back home?
    —Spring of Despair—
    New polls show despair and pessimism of a sort Israelis have never known before. What do we do when more than 2/3 of Israelis are not optimistic about our future?
    —When Nothing Feels Right—
    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: Summer’s here and the time is right for what exactly?
    Plus, Bnei Brak at 100, and more music of our times.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    The “Free At Last” Edition

    The “Free At Last” Edition

    Linda Gradstein, Allison Kaplan Sommer and Noah Efron discuss two 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
     
    —Home—
    Four hostages were rescued from the depths of Gaza. We need a new word for absolute joy mixed with absolute worry mixed with absolute sadness.
    —Gantz, But Not Forgotten—
    Benny Gantz announces that he is leaving the government and its tiny “War Cabinet,” which brought relief, anxiety and ambivalence. With Gantz gone, where will the government go?
    —Shavuot In Israel—
    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: Shavuot in Israel, after eight months of war.
    Plus, the LGBTQ “Vigil of Pride and Hope” in Tel Aviv, celebrating Shavuot, and more music of our times.

    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 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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