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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
    • 4.8 • 338 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 “People” Edition

    The “People” Edition

    Sally, Miriam, Ohad, Don and Noah tell stories of people who made and make our lives worth living. Plus, duets and collaborations by singers we love. (If the stories sound familiar, it is because, as renowned folklorist Joseph Campbell said, there are tales that live deep in our collective unconscious, that all of us know without being told. That, and because we’ve played them on the podcast in the past.)
    All this and duets and collaborations by singers we love!

    • 49 min
    The “Going to the Polls!/Not Going to the Poles!” Edition

    The “Going to the Polls!/Not Going to the Poles!” Edition

    Allison Kaplan Sommer, 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 Segment on Patreon
     
    —Going to the Polls!—
    Prime Minister Bennett decides to throw in the towel and take the country to new elections. What does it say about what was, what is, and what will be?
    —Not Going to the Poles!—
    Foreign Minister (and soon-to-be replacement Prime Minister) Yair Lapid decides to cancel all high-school trips to concentration camps in Poland. Would we be better off rethinking entirely the way we think about Holocaust education?
    —Where Do These Elections Find Us?—

    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: Does the prospect of new elections inspire anxiety, hope, or maybe just boredom?
    All this and Idan Rafael Haviv!

    • 1 hr 24 min
    The “Illin’?” Edition

    The “Illin’?” Edition

    Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and prodigal son Ohad Zeltzer-Zubida 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
     
    —Dead Man Governing?—
    Is it time for Naftali Bennett to say when?
    —“I Am Not Mentally Ill!”—
    Why is ex-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suing ex-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and what’s it say about Israeli politics?
    —Falafel – Good or Icky?—

    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: We were gonna talk about Iranian death squads in Istanbul, but we ended up talking about a more pressing issue: Falafel – Good or Icky?
    All this and Maor Cohen!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    The “Normativities & Their Discontents” Edition

    The “Normativities & Their Discontents” Edition

    Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and prodigal son Ohad Zeltzer-Zubida 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
     
    —Temporary Regulations Make Temporary Governments—
    Israel’s government fails to renew temporary provisional regulations first put into place in 1967 by then Minister of Defense Moshe Dayan, and renewed 18 times since then, regulations that allow Israeli law to apply to Israeli citizens living in the West Bank which, by Israeli and International law both, is not part of Israel proper. What now?
    —Can’t Spell “Heteronormativity” Without TV—
    Israel’s biggest reality show just married off two hunky, dreamy gay guys? Is one small step towards heteronormativity a giant leap for LGBTQ folks?
    —I’ve Got BDS On My Mind—

    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: As Ohad buys pencils and notebooks to get ready to go to PhD school in America, is BDS on his mind?
    All this and Shim, in honor the release of her new EP, and in honor of the show in honor of the release of her new EP at Levontin 7, on June 22, at 10

    • 1 hr 16 min
    The “Jerusalems” Edition

    The “Jerusalems” Edition

    On the week of a tense Jerusalem Day, Allison Kaplan Sommer and Noah Efron talk about the capital city and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.
    Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon
     
    —Al-Quds—
    An EU-funded, UN-midwifed Palestinian Authority plan sets out how Jerusalem will be developed as the capital of Palestine by 2030. Some Israelis decry this as a stratagem to undermine Israeli sovereignty over a united Jerusalem, which it sort-of is, but is that necessarily a bad thing?
    —Ir ha-Kodesh—
    Ask someone in Tel Aviv what they think about Jerusalem, and they’ll probably tell you that they don’t think about Jerusalem.
    —Jerusalem’s Hidden Gems—

    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: What are a few of the most charming unsung (or undersung) spots to see in Jerusalem?
    All this and hip-hop by Jerusalem favorite son, Guy Mar!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The “Thank You for Your Service” Edition

    The “Thank You for Your Service” Edition

    On Don’s birthday and the day before Miriam’s, Don Futterman, 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
     
    —The MK Formerly Known as Ex-Member of the Coalition Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi—
    Mertz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi quits the coalition, sending Israeli politics into turmoil, only to rejoin three days later. What the hell was that about?
    —Thank You for Your Service—
    After days of vicious debate, Israel’s coalition and opposition agree to pay college tuition for discharged combat soldiers. Is that really a good idea?
    —Denied of the Valkeries—
    Wagner died 140 years ago. Is it time to put to rest our Gevalt-by-Association, and let his music boom from Tel Aviv stages?
    —Son of a Surgeon—

    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: Don just dropped an amazing podcastilogical monologue about growing up his father’s son, and we hear all about it, not just from the author, but also from the auteur!
    All this and a new debut record by Joav Ben-Moshe!

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
338 Ratings

338 Ratings

LarryPsyd ,

Excellent Show

I feel like i am listening to thoughtful friends talking about what its like to live in Israel. Topics are politics, culture, and personal small pleasures of of living in Israel. I started listening to this show after having visited Israel. It helps flesh out the pain and pleasure of being a Jewish citizen of this complicated country.

Tomer reviews things ,

You’re just too good to be truuuueee

Can’t take my ears off of youuuuuuu

You are like heaven to heaaaar

Won’t be back next week, I feeeaaar

This week’s new show has arriiiived

And I thank G-d I’m aliiiive

You’re just too good to be truuuee

Can’t take my ears off of youuuu

Buhhh dah buhhh dah buhhh dah dah dahhhh baduhhhh dah buhhhh dah DAAHHHH

Ok, though. Honestly it’s an amazing podcast (and I listen to a lot of podcasts so boy would I know). Noah is the glue that holds it all together. I love his unabashedly pointless verbal pyrotechnics, his zany on-air persona. It reminds me of Kinbote from Pale Fire. And the other side of Noah: sincere, humble (that’s just how he was raised), intellectually rigorous, willing to give the benefit of the doubt, always willing to engage with someone who disagrees deeply with him, and willing to stand by his opinion even if he’s outnumbered just because he thinks it is morally right (and always able to reconsider and change of it is warranted). The man deserves his own show!

And then there’s the rest of the crew, bringing contrasting personalities, experiences, and different perspectives in. I’m always excited about I see who will be on. That said, there is no voice from the exact center or right of center. They’re all leftists (sometimes off the deep end), so just know what to expect when you turn on an episode. The podcast might actually benefit and grow with some intellectuals from the other side. Just sayin’!

The rhythm of the show, with all the lines and in-jokes that repeat from episode to episode always make it feel like joking with an old friend. Noah knows what he is doing! Keep it up!

when i was a boy, the end of the world really meant something! ,

for the children who no longer read

someone needs to translate this obscure phrase for the government:

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

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