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The Two Nice Jewish Boys Podcast is a weekly dose of free and open conversations with the most interesting voices in Israel. Hosted by Naor Meningher and Eytan Weinstein and recorded in Tel Aviv, the Two Nice Jewish Boys Podcast covers everything from politics and history to entertainment and science. Ultimately, the Two Nice Jewish Boys Podcast is here to provide a platform for free and open conversations about Israel and the Jewish world in the belief that only through free speech and open dialogue can we build a better future together.

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The Two Nice Jewish Boys Podcast is a weekly dose of free and open conversations with the most interesting voices in Israel. Hosted by Naor Meningher and Eytan Weinstein and recorded in Tel Aviv, the Two Nice Jewish Boys Podcast covers everything from politics and history to entertainment and science. Ultimately, the Two Nice Jewish Boys Podcast is here to provide a platform for free and open conversations about Israel and the Jewish world in the belief that only through free speech and open dialogue can we build a better future together.

    #296 - From Jaffa to Glory: The Amazing Story Of Israel's International 'Go' Champion (Ali Jabarin)

    #296 - From Jaffa to Glory: The Amazing Story Of Israel's International 'Go' Champion (Ali Jabarin)

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    In May 1997, something happened that would change the relationships between humans and computers forever. A game of chess was played, but it wasn’t just a regular game. On one side was Gary Kasparov - the undeniable Chess Master of the world. On the other side a bunch of 1’s and 0’s, aka Deep Blue, IBM’s computer that was developed with one purpose, and one purpose only - to beat Kasparov in chess.

    And it happened. Deep Blue won ⅗-⅖ after a match of 6 games, and the history of computers changed forever.
    Cut to - almost two decades later. After a computer did the unthinkable, there was even a bigger challenge in hand - beating the Go world champion. Go is a Chinese game, which is considered to be much more complex than chess, with endless possibilities. However, eventually the computer did it again, and defeated the world champion.

    Cut to - Jaffa, Israel, early 2000’s. Ali is sitting at home, watching his favorite Anime show, ‘Hikaro No Go’. He’s inspired by the fascinating game the characters in the show are playing, and he decides to try it for himself. He goes online and starts playing. By 2009, he will be Europe’s Youth Champion at Go. By 2015, he’ll be the second best Go player in Europe.
    Today, we’re honored to be joined by Ali Jabarin and hear his incredible story.

    • 57 min
    #295 - The Rabbi Who Escaped From Ukraine (Rabbi Mendel Moskovitz)

    #295 - The Rabbi Who Escaped From Ukraine (Rabbi Mendel Moskovitz)

    On February 24th, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine and set the entire world on course for turmoil.

    Even today, every single day, about 200 Ukrainians die every day, in a war that no one seems to know how or when it will end.

    With casualties in the tens of thousands, more than 10 million Ukrainian refugees fled their homes. Those who have stayed continue to suffer from a daily dose of deadly rocket fire, hitting without any warning and causing severe casualties.

    Among the masses that fled, was Rabbi Mendel Moskovitz. Rabbi Moskovitz is a Chabad rabbi with a long Ukrainian history. Born in Brooklyn, his parents took him to Ukraine as a baby on their mission to help Jews in the new nation emerging from the falling Soviet Union. Fast forward 32 years - Rabbi Moskovitz found himself at the crossroads of history. Rabbi Mendel Moskovitz joins us today to share his experiences in Kharkov, 5 months ago, at the beginning of the Russian invasion.
    Donate to the Jewish Relief Network Ukraine Foundation here:
    https://www.jrnu.org

    • 46 min
    #294 - Monthly Recap: Elections (again), The Biden Handshake and Fat Suits

    #294 - Monthly Recap: Elections (again), The Biden Handshake and Fat Suits

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    Naor and Eytan talk about current events in Israel and the world!

    • 58 min
    #293 - Did Stan Lee Really Create the Marvel Universe? (Abraham Riesman)

    #293 - Did Stan Lee Really Create the Marvel Universe? (Abraham Riesman)

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    ***
    Let me ask you a question: if you checked showtimes for movies in your area at any given moment over the past decade, which type of movie would you almost certainly see on the list? That’s right, a superhero movie. But not just any superhero movie. A Marvel superhero movie. Marvel has produced and released around 30 films since 2007, grossing almost 30 billion dollars!

    But this empire of film didn’t start as an empire. It all started with a man named Stan. Stan Lee. Or did it?

    Today we’re joined by Abraham Riesman. Abraham is the author of True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee. The book was published by Penguin Random House’s Crown imprint and is nominated for both the Hugo and Eisner awards. As Neil Gaiman describes it, “True Believer is a biography that reads like a thriller or a whodunit. It's an exploration of an often farcical tragedy: the life, afterlife, and death of a salesman and an editor who dreamed of being something more. It unwraps Stanley Lieber the man and Stan Lee the invention and the brand name, and manages to be scrupulously honest, deeply damning, and sometimes even heartbreaking.”

    Abraham Riesman is a Providence-based journalist, writing primarily for New York magazine about arts and culture. Abraham’s work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, and Vice, among other publications. We are super thrilled to be joined by Abraham today to talk about Stan Lee and all things Marvel.

    (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #292 - Blue And White Money: The Story Of Israel's Economy (Dr. Ori Katz)

    #292 - Blue And White Money: The Story Of Israel's Economy (Dr. Ori Katz)

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    ***
    For 74 years Israel has been a beacon of progression, economic success and democracy in the harsh and ruthless land that is called the Middle East. As former PM Ehud Barak once said - ‘a villa in the jungle’.

    But as you plunge head-first into the history of Israel and the Jewish people, you come to the realization that our thriving economy and democracy isn’t obvious at all. In fact, in 1948, when the State of Israel was established, there were only 24 democracies on the face of the globe - a mere 1/4th of existing states back then. And so you can’t help but wonder - how were the foundations to this anomaly - that is our existence here - laid down? And if we played so many cards right - how come we can’t quite reach the high standards of living that you see in the most successful countries on Earth, like the Scandinavian countries, Canada, Australia and even America?

    To answer those mind-boggling questions - and many more - with have with us today Dr. Ori Katz, the author of the new book ‘Blue and White Money’, published in Hebrew. Dr. Katz is an economics Doctor, specializing in economic growth and the history of economy. We’re super thrilled to have Dr. Ori Katz on our show today.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #291 - The Incredible Story of Tel Aviv (Eytan Schwartz)

    #291 - The Incredible Story of Tel Aviv (Eytan Schwartz)

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    ***
    When you think about Tel Aviv, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? The beautiful beaches? Rothschild boulevard? The luxurious Neve Tzedek neighborhood? All of the above?

    It’s hard to imagine, but until not too long ago Tel Aviv wasn’t the trendy, touristy, attractive city that it's become. It took a lot of work to make it what it is today. So, how did it happen?

    Today we have with us just the man who can tell us the story of Tel Aviv. A man who's responsible in large part for Tel Aviv’s world reputation. Eytan Shcwartz is the former CEO of Ir Olam - a TLV Municipal company responsible for Tel Aviv's international PR. Eitan was also the head of Tel Aviv’s communications division, a role from which hejust recently stepped down.

    We’re thrilled to be joined by Eyan Schwartz today to talk about Tel Aviv’s secret, its stories and its people.
    (Photo by Kfir Sivan)

    • 1 hr 1 min

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