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Showcasing the latest developments in the realm of academic and professional research and literature, about the Middle East and global affairs. We discuss Israeli, Arab and Palestinian society, the Jewish world, the Middle East and its conflicts, and issues of global and public affairs with scholars, writers and deep-thinkers.
 
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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Don Futterman, Sally Abed 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 —“F*cked Up, Horrible Chickens”— Rockets and missiles from the south and mob violence most everywher…
 
The Hebrew word for husband is בעל, which also means owner. It’s no wonder, then, that so many Israeli women dislike its use. So what can we say instead? Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Ba’al – Husband – בעל Ba’ali – My husband – בעלי Ben ha-zug – Male partner – בן הזוג Bat ha-zug – Female partner – בת הזוג “H…
 
Why would citizens vote freely for political leaders plotting or even promising to attack their democracy? Why do certain policies, parties or people take priority over democratic norms at the ballot box? And can democracy count on voters to save it? Professor Milan Svolik of Yale University addresses these questions through rigorous research, but …
 
We take an in-depth look at the brand new Eyal Golan album, and listen to new releases from Omer Adam, Eden Ben Zaken, Stephane Legar and others. Playlist: Shoshanim Atzuvot – Eden Chason & Yasmin Meulam Yored L’Sinai – Mosh Ben Ari Beit Meshugaim (Itay Galo Remix) – Ran Dankner Nitra’e L’achrona – Eyal Golan Ketzev Mizrachi – Eyal Golan Matayim Me…
 
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Ohad Zeltzer-Zubida, Sally Abed (for a bit) 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 —(Qui Est-Ce Que) J’Accuse?— Forty-five people are crushed to death by a crowd a…
 
After the terrible tragedy in Har Meron, public calls to find those responsible, האשמים, grow louder. In order to better understand what’s going on in Israeli media, Guy felt it was necessary to cover the word אשמה and its shoresh אשמ. This episode is all about blame, guilt, charges and allegations. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New W…
 
Since when do xenophobic nationalist political actors in Europe devote themselves to gender equality, protection of women and human rights? Véronique Mottier of Jesus College, University of Cambridge, shows how populist parties in Switzerland, France, Italy and the Netherlands join the struggle to protect women’s rights – when it advances their aim…
 
Sally Abed, Ohad Zeltzer-Zubida 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 —Our Bennett-factor— The liberal, center-left newspaper Haaretz endorses Naftali Bennett, a privatize-anything-that…
 
This episode is all about the location of the stress we place on spoken Hebrew words and names, and what happens when we shift that emphasis around. Guy explains why the way Israelis and Americans say “Mazal Tov” differs so greatly, and how these shifts in stress play out in the spoken language. Listen to the All-Hebrew Version on Patreon New Words…
 
Facebook may not be the source of all evils – but at least many of them. In his book Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy, Siva Vaidhyanathan argues that while Facebook has some charms, it holds special responsibility for major social and political ills today. Alongside Will Hitchcock, Siva hosts the podcast Democr…
 
Don Futterman, Noah Efron and Times of Israel Ops & Blogs Editor Miriam Herschlag discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —“Unity is the Thing We Seek”— Opposition leader Yair Lapid says he wants a…
 
Set in a rural village prior to the creation of the state of Israel, The Blue Mountain describes a community of eastern European immigrants as they pioneer life in a new land. Narrated by Baruch, a grandson of one of the founding fathers of the village, the novel offers not only a fascinating account of the hardships experienced by the Jewish pione…
 
Having קשרים in Hebrew means knowing people (in the right places) who can help you get stuff done quickly and efficiently. The root קשר has many uses that you definitely need to know! Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Kesher, ksharim – Connection, connections, knots, ties – קשר, קשרים Le-kesher amiti – For a rea…
 
This is the fourth and final episode dedicated to ק-ד-מ, the root that keeps on giving. How do we say, “right of way,” “unprecedented prices” and the “Pre-Eurovision contest” in Hebrew? Or how about, “I was here before you, lady!”? Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Kadima – Forward, onward – קדימה Zchut kdima – …
 
How did America’s political culture move from civil disagreement to visceral rage? In American Affective Polarization in Comparative Perspective, Noam Gidron, James Adams and Will Horne argue that intense, emotional partisanship is distinct from routine ideological differences, and possibly more dangerous. And America isn’t the only country torn ap…
 
We’ve got brand new tunes from Moshe Peretz, Static & Ben-El, Eyal Golan and many more. Playlist: Kol HaMedina al HaRaglayim – Kobi Peretz Osa Li Ta’Yom – Moshe Peretz Chalik – Maor Edri & Shafita HaIsha Shelcha – Dudu Aharon Cactus – Static & Ben-El HaBet Be’Einay – Tzaguy Boy ft Jimmejonn At Omeret – Moti Taka ft Ofek Adanek Patron – Moshiko Mor …
 
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and Times of Israel Ops & Blogs Editor Miriam Herschlag 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 Now?— The President just asked the Prime Minister (who is standing…
 
On this episode, Marcela features the poems of a fascinating writer whose pen name was Avot Yeshurun. He published his first book of poems in 1942, and his last book appeared in 1992, on the day before he died. Text “Memories are a House” by Avot Yeshurun. Translated by Leon Weiseltier, Poetry Magazine “The Son of the Wall” by Avot Yeshurun. Transl…
 
Believe it or not, we Israelis aren’t always running late. Some of us even tend to arrive ahead of schedule. Yes, you read that right! In Hebrew, we have a special verb which means to arrive ahead of time. Guy explains. Hear the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Lehakdim – To be early, to show up early – להקדי…
 
Is love of country a blessing or a menace? Can a citizen of the world embrace universal values but also love one’s country, and does it matter if old fashioned patriotism fades into the past? In Reclaiming Patriotism in an Age of Extremes, Professor Steven B. Smith defends – and rebuilds – American patriotism as an antidote to America’s upheavals. …
 
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. Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Way Out— Israel’s political stalemate can maybe be solved by a law disqualifying PM Netanyahu (and anyone els…
 
Michael Sfard, one of Israel’s leading human rights lawyers, chronicles the evolution of the legal pillars of Israel’s military occupation of Palestinians, including deportation, settlements, torture policies and more. But in his book “The Wall and the Gate,” Sfard also tells of the lives and legal struggles of people who fight the policy with its …
 
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Don Futterman, Sally Abed and Noah Efron talk about Israel’s elections this week: What should we make of the surprising success and kingmaker role of the Islamicist Ra’am party? The Kahanists in the Knesset? The better-than-anyone-predicted showing of Benny Gantz and the Blue & White party? The relative failure of the right-w…
 
Marcela shares the second installment of a three-part podcast on Ayalet Tsabari’s important and beautiful memoir, The Art of Leaving. Although it was written in English, Tsabari’s native language is Hebrew. This episode gives us a glimpse of Israelis from Yemen, whose stories are so rarely told. Text Ayelet Tsabari, The Art of Leaving. Harper Colli…
 
“Hey! Check out my Facebook page, and my Twitter, oh, and my TikTok account, and don’t forget my Instagram page.” In Hebrew this is called קידום עצמי, self promotion. On this episode, Guy explains words and phrases related to promotion, all derived from the root ק-ד-מ. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Kidum – P…
 
Why is Israel hacking away at its own democratic institutions and values? The assault on the judiciary, primacy of the majority at the expense of minorities, loyalty as a litmus test, corruption and illiberalism – are these Israel’s destiny? Hebrew University political scientist Gayil Talshir, editor of the book “Governability or Democracy” examine…
 
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and Ohad Zeltzer-Zubida discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —A Pre-Election Reflection— This election campaign was maybe the weirdest in Israel’s history. What…
 
There’s a fairly new Hebrew slang term out in the wild which means “move on!” We Israelis say, תתקדם! The root קדמ in the binyan hitpael form will be our focus today, as Guy explains what advanced level courses and a mobile app upgrade have to do with קדמ. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Mitkadem – Advanced – …
 
The nationalist-populist wave of the 21st century has affected Western liberal democracies, as well as countries from a very different political background. Julius Rogenhofer of the University of Cambridge studies manifestations of populism and democratic erosion in deeply divided societies. Rogenhofer identifies the causes and consequences of popu…
 
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. Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Lion in Winter— The number of Israelis who think Benjamin Netanyahu is most fit to be Prime Minister has tumb…
 
On this episode, Marcela highlights The Lover, the first novel by A. B. Yehoshua, which he wrote in 1977. Yehoshua has been called the Israeli Faulkner, perhaps because of this novel. It is narrated from the point of view of each of its six main characters. Text The Lover by A. B. Yehoshua. Translated by Philip Simpson. Doubleday & Co., 1978. https…
 
Everyone’s talking about חיסונים, vaccinations, and so will we! Guy uses this trending topic as another opportunity to review the Hebrew verb format combo we all should know by heart: piel-pual-hitpael. To get your weekly dose, just press play! Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Chisun – Vaccine – חיסון Shtei men…
 
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and 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 —Right Thinking Men— Gideon is on the outs with Bibi, Naftali says he won’t hang with Yair, Avigdor says…
 
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