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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. —Memorial Matters— There never was, and will never be, anyone like Yoram Taharlev, May his Memory Be for a Blessing. —In the Heights— Prime Minister Naftali Bennett ex…
 
This episode highlights new music by Dana International, Idan Raichel, Omer Adam and many more Israeli artists. Playlist: Ivrit Ahuvati – Dana International Kulanu Rotzim Ahava – Eden Hason Even al Even Remix – Idan Raichel Lech Lishon – Anna Zak Ratata – Elkana Marciano Lama Lach Latus – Yigal Oshri Madame – Shayen Kamel Paka – Ella Li Yoda’at L’s…
 
How do we congratulate a friend who closed on a new house? How about someone who just landed a new job? New partner? Today Guy explains תתחדש. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Lehitchadesh – To be renewed; to be resumed – להתחדש “Acharei ha-chagim yitchadesh ha-kol” – After the holidays everything will resume –…
 
Neil McGregor, the former director of the British Museum, analyzes the enduring validity of museums in the age of technological upheavals and fake news. He recently visited Israel to deliver the inaugural lecture of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute’s Tom de Swaan Series on the Role of Ideas and the Responsibility of Intellectuals in Contemporary So…
 
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. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —From Ramallah to Rosh Ha-‘Ayin— Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Defense Minister Benny G…
 
Nathan Sussman, Professor of Economics and Senior Visiting Research Fellow and leader of the “Israel 2050: Climate Crisis Preparedness” project at the Israel Democracy Institute, explains how carbon tax can lower emissions while having virtually no adverse effects on business activity and growth. This episode is made possible by the Israel Democrac…
 
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and Sally Abed 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 Link to Give to Standing Together —This Would Not Have Happened a Year Ago— United Arab List head, Dr. Mansour Ab…
 
This episode has the latest and greatest musical hits by Static & Ben-El, Kobi Peretz, and Regev Hod, as well as a deep dive on Eden Hasson’s latest. Playlist: Jeans or Tights – Nasrin Kadri Yonatan Shapira 2022 – Aya Korem Yonatan – Shai Hamber Jonny – Bar Yefet Yonatan HaKatan – Uzi Chitman Lichvod Alfei Anashim – Kobi Peretz LaChatan V’LaKala – …
 
We were all kids once, and at least in Israel, during the summer holiday, we used to tell our parents, mesha’amem li, I am bored. Answers varied, as you can imagine, but let’s talk for a sec about boredom-bored-boring in Hebrew. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Mesha’amem – Boring – משעמם Mesha’mem li – I am bo…
 
Derek Penslar, Professor of Jewish History at Harvard University, discusses his book, Theodor Herzl: The Charismatic Leader, an addition to more than 200 biographies of the founder of Zionism. Sometimes, there's a very fine line between an eccentric and a visionary. This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Insti…
 
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and and returning 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. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —“A Mandate” Anagrams to “A Tad Mean”— Israel’s Corona Czar says the ti…
 
In Hebrew, רופא (doctor) means “healer.” So how do you bless someone to get well soon? And how is the first name Raphael related to all this? In this episode Guy Sharett explains all things medical. Listen to the All-Hebrew Version on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Refu’ah – Medicine, cure – רפואה Refu’ah alternativit – Alternative medicine – ר…
 
Former Member of Knesset Einat Wilf discusses her book War of Return, arguing that the conflict will never end until the world recognizes that Palestinian refugees, as they are usually defined, do not have the right to return to their pre-1948 homes. Sparks fly. This episode of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institut…
 
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. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —F*ck’m!— Former US President Donald Trump says that former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nev…
 
We all know the symptoms: Runny nose, cough, and headaches. What do Israelis say when they go to see their family doctor? Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Ani mekorar, mekoreret – I have a cold – אני מקורר, אני מקוררת Ani metsunan, metsunenet – I have a cold – אני מצונן, אני מצוננת Hatafti tsinun – I caught the…
 
Hungary’s Jewish community is the largest in central and eastern Europe, and its regime the most ‘advanced’ among its neighbors in undoing the tenets of liberal democracy. How does this affect the memory of the Holocaust in the country, as well as Jewish life more broadly? Dr Raphael Vago, retired Senior Lecturer in History and research fellow at t…
 
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. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Leading the Witness— Police investigators strong-arm Benjamin Netanyahu’s one-time spokesman and media c…
 
What happens when there’s a disagreement between us and a service provider about money, arrival time, or about their deadline to finish the work? We check what was agreed upon and point to the facts. Today Guy explains how we do it in Hebrew. As part of our podcast’s 8th birthday celebrations, we are giving all Streetwise Hebrew podcast listeners $…
 
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and journalist-extraordinaire Dina Kraft 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 —Hanukkah with Zealots, Oh My!— President Yitzhak Herzog lights candles with settl…
 
In Hebrew, עצור means stop!, imperative. When driving in Israel, if you suddenly hear עצור בצד (atsor ba-tsad) blaring from a loudspeaker, you better know what to do. Guy explains. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Tamrur atsor – Stop sign – תמרור עצור Tamrur – Road sign – תמרור Ktov – Write! (Imp. m.) – כתוב “A…
 
Benjamin Netanyahu’s endurance as Prime Minister is matched only by his mystique: what lies behind his grip on Israeli society? How did he climb to the top, and what is the price of his long stay at the summit? Anshel Pfeffer, of Haaretz and the Economist, has a new biography of Netanyahu following his strange brew of intellect and populism, poor t…
 
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. —No Prize— Israel’s Education Minister decides not to give the country’s biggest prize to a genius computer theorist because he petitioned the EU to boycott an Isra…
 
After fighting apartheid for forty years and surviving a bomb attack in the process, in the early 1990s, Albie Sachs found himself helping to draft the constitution that would become the foundation of the democratic South Africa. After the first free elections, Nelson Mandela appointed him as a justice on the first Constitutional Court in the new S…
 
Sally Abed and Noah Efron discuss three two 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 —Limited— Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel’s new proposed term-limit law is the sort of law you’d see in Iran, Syria and North Ko…
 
In Hebrew, עין הרע means the Evil Eye. There are folks here in Israel who perform ceremonies to get rid of עין הרע. On this episode, Guy explains the word רע (ra), and also discusses nasty gossip and the campaign to rid our society of it. As part of our podcast’s 8th birthday celebrations, we are giving all Streetwise Hebrew podcast listeners $50 U…
 
Tel Aviv Review host Gilad Halpern interviews Yale University’s Professor Timothy Snyder about his New York Times number one bestselling book, “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.” History doesn’t repeat itself, but what can contemporary Americans learn from 20th-century Europe?
 
We’ve got all the latest hits, including new sounds from Subliminal, Shiri Maimon, Regev Hod, Itay Levi and many more! Playlist: Jeans or Tights – Nasrin Kadri Kacha Levater – Valeri Hamati Chill Remix – Roni Duani Banot – Shiri Maimon, Anna Bokshtein & Echo Mizrachit v’Techno – Regev Hod Osa Li Balagan – Osher Cohen HaShir SheAt Ohevet – Idan Yani…
 
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 —What Now?— Now that Israel has a budget (after several years of not having a budget), is it smooth sailing fr…
 
Allison Kaplan Sommer and Noah Efron discuss three two 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 —You Say “Corruption” Like It Was a Bad Thing!— Should coalition members get to earmark millions for their favorite …
 
The Hebrew word טוב means good. How would we use טוב when speaking to a well-behaving female dog? How about a male dog? The difference, as it turns out, is more than just changing the feminine/masculine form. And how about the saying, ‘for your own good,’ in Hebrew? There’s a lot of goodness in this episode and Guy explains it all. Listen to the Al…
 
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. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Burdens of Proof— Defense Minister Benny Gantz says we can trust him that he wouldn’t outlaw Palestinian…
 
The Hebrew word אישור can mean to “green light” a new project. So what does a friend request on social media have to do with it? Guy explains. As part of our podcast’s 8th birthday celebrations, we are giving all Streetwise Hebrew podcast listeners $50 USD towards Ruben Adery’s full Hebrew pronunciation course. The course consists of 4 modules, 31 …
 
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. Listen to the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Nullifying Netanyahu?— Former Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein challenges Benjamin Netanyahu for…
 
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