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

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Ep. 47 - National Repentance

After referring to current events and the Kurdish independence movement, Alan and Mike address the season's themes. How do members of a nation address wrongdoings in their nation past? Is there such a thing as national repentance?

Elor Azaria's sentence was reduced after our recording: http://bit.ly/2fT6NKC 

 Listen to more episodes, and let us know what you think! We are happy to take topic requests. 

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Ep. 46 - Advocacy or Education?

How do we connect young Jews to Israel? How central is Israel to their Jewish identity? Join Lior, Alan and Mike as they discuss the issues and challenges that Jewish educators are wrestling with, and provide direction for further progress. 

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Ep. 45 - Hollywood and Holy Land

With Gal Gadot breaking box office records, and Conan O'Brien filming here, its been an interesting summer for Israel in pop culture. What does that say about how how Israel is seen in the world? And what will it mean for the future?

Conan in Israel 

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Ep. 44 - 120 Years of Zionism

This week we take a (an?) historical deep dive on the 120th anniversary of the first Zionist Congress in Basle, Switzerland. Joined by this week's special guest, Middle East journalist David Harris, Mike and Alan explain that momentous event. Then they all unpack the lasting results of this turning point in Jewish History. 

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Ep. 43 - The New Old Hate

Benji's back! In last week's episode Mike & Alan explained a Zionist theory of antisemitism. This week the guys discuss how this old hatred has manifested itself in recent years. Sometimes personal, sometimes reflective, they wonder what this means for the future.  
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Ep. 42 - Demystifying Antisemitism

Its unnerving when you see people express hatred towards you. Especially from strangers. What did I ever do to some tiki torch guy in Virginia? Alan and Mike try to explain the seemingly incomprehensible evil of antisemitism.  Antisemitism crosses time and boundaries. Bigotry and racism can't and should never be justified. But can the particular anti-Jewish branch be explained? Let us know what you think.  
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Ep. 41 - Culture Clash

Lior questions about complicated cases of Israeli culture with Alan and Mike. With so many different mini-cultures in Israeli life, how do we share art that challenges political or traditional sensibilities?  

Articles about Miri Regev  
Article about beach concert  
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Ep. 40 - Those Who Do Not Remember...

This time... its personal!  
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Ep. 39 - Jerusalem Syndrome

After wrapping up the Jerusalem news from this week, Alan and Mike decide to broaden the context. Although many say that Jerusalem is a shared city, they explain its unique role to the Jews. These are fundamental understandings that are needed for understanding politics, history, or even one's own identity. Needless to say, we think that this is an important episode.

Times of Israel update at posting time 
Wikipedia on Jerusalem 
A video example of the "Jerusalem belongs to everyone" narrative 

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Ep. 38 - Temple Mount: Behind the Headlines

Alan and Mike felt that the current simmering crisis warranted some analysis. They discuss why the Temple Mount is always such a source for tension, and where things might go moving forward. What should the Israelis do now? What should the Palestinians do, and why aren't they? There are no easy answers, but there is a lot to unpack. 

Supporting Alan's memory 
Supporting Mike's memory  
All helpful comments and suggestions will be appreciated. 

From Martin Kramer's Post
Here are four perceptive but divergent analyses of what Israel should do in the Temple Mount crisis: 
Dror Eydar, “Keep the metal detectors,” 
Yoaz Hendel, “It's time to seize opportunities at the Temple Mount,” 
Ron Ben Yishai, “Finding a compromise in the Temple Mount crisis,”

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