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Israel & Judaism through a Fresh Lens
Israel & Judaism through a Fresh Lens

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Ep. 74 - State of the State at 70

After answering our question of the week, (from Lily Shams at Amit) about JStreet, Alan and Mike give Israel a check up. They use Israel's Declaration of Independence and evaluate his far the State has come to realising its goals, and where it still needs work. (spoiler alert, we've accomplished a lot) An honest and inspirational appreciation of the Jewish State at 70!!! Enjoy!

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Ep. 73 - Clashes on the Borders

Nothing is ever boring here in Israel. With violence on both the northern and southern borders, Israel has its hands full. Was that Israel striking Syrian bases? What can we do about bad press from the Gaza "protests"? Alan and Mike try to make sense of it all, and show what these events have in common. 

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Ep. 72 - Bibi, Gaza, Russia & Refugees

Its a pre-Passover news potpourri this week, as Alan & Mike analyse the headlines. Here's what's up: Bibi was hospitalised without a clear successor, pressure mounts on the Gaza border, Israel won't sanction Russia and the status of the asylum seekers remains in limbo. And Alan reminds us to keep our eye on the US embassy move.

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Ep. 71 - Passover, Food and Israel

How is Pesach different in Israel?

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Ep. 70 - Israel Haredi Draft Law and Coalition Crisis

It looks like the Israeli government won't dissolve after all. Phew, I guess? But its still worth understanding how the Israeli government works, what a coalition crisis is, and what the fight is over the haredi draft law. Good thing Alan, Mike and Matt are here to explain it all. (at least after they figure it out) Enjoy this look behind the headlines in our 70th episode! (and we'll soon have 12,000 downloads)

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Ep. 69 - AIPAC Conference and Response to Farrakhan

While the AIPAC Policy Conference meets in the USA, Alan and Mike discuss what it means to them. What is AIPAC? How does it impact United States Policy? How does it impact American Jewish life and culture? What would happen without it? Our American expats share thoughts on the current state of the US/Israel relationship, and why AIPAC really matters.

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Ep. 68 - Case 4000 and Embassy Update

What is this new wrinkle in the Netanyahu scandal? What was just announced about the US embassy? And how will that play out? Alan, Mike and Matt bring you up to date.

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Ep. 67 - News and Perspective

What just happened on the Gaza border? How should we read the news with a critical eye? Alan and Mike share their insight, and even recommend some reading.

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Ep. 66 - Behind Enemy (and Head) Lines

Want to understand the latest in the Bibi scandal? Want to understand what is happening with Iran on the northern border? Want to understand why these are really the same story? Alan and Mike are here to unpack these timely issues, and even make some predictions. 

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Ep. 65 - The Poland/Israel Death Camp Controversy

Alan plays two roles (cohost and expert on Polish Jewish history) as Mike interviews him about the odd new Polish law limiting educator's speech. And of course, the controversy that it has stirred up in Israel. 

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