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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…
 
Part of learning a new language is knowing when to speak properly and when you’re free to let loose. Today Guy Sharett explains how to downgrade your upmarket Ulpan Hebrew to street level. Listen to the Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Haiyten – You were (pl., f.) – הייתן Ma aten rotsot – What you (pl., f.) want – מה אתן רוצות E…
 
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…
 
“Let’s stay in touch,” “Something has to change,” “It’s not you, it’s me” – all languages have these disingenuous, non-committal and empty phrases. So how do we say them in Hebrew? Hear the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Ata achshav kvar lo muchan lehitchayev – You’re no longer ready to commit – אתה עכשיו כבר לא מוכן להתחי…
 
Daniel Boyarin, Professor of Talmudic Cultures at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses his book “Judaism: The Genealogy of a Modern Notions”, in which he argues that Judaism, as a full-blown concept, is a modern creation. This episode of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic…
 
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…
 
Why do we believe? After writing books about the god of Islam and Jesus of Nazareth, religion scholar Reza Aslan takes on the biggest question of all: What does “God” mean, anyway? Aslan comes to the surprising answer that God looks a lot like humans. Does this make him a deep believer or an atheist? Is God everywhere or nowhere? Find out in this i…
 
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…
 
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 —Vax & Figures— What’s the link between who Israelis vote for and whether, when, and how we get vaxxed…
 
We’ve got brand new tunes for you this month, including tracks from Eyal Golan, Adi Ulmansky, and Avraham Tal. Playlist: Yom Tov – Adi Ulmansky Nihiye Tov – Eden Gabay HaSipur Shelanu – Shayen Sinai v’Gitara – Yigal Oshri Barchi Nafshi – Zion Golan & Sagiv Cohen Ten Mila Tova – Eyal Golan Kulam Po – Avraham Tal Ani Maamin – Artists of Israel Kol Ha…
 
Does it make sense to dedicate an entire podcast episode to… nothing? Yes, yes it does! The word כלום, which means “nothing,” often comes in the form of a double negative. 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 co…
 
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 —Coffee or Conflict: How Do Israelis Start Our Days?— Was PM Bennett right when he said at the UN that “I…
 
Every so often, Israeli tax authorities launch a public campaign targeting tax evaders. So how do we say in Hebrew evaders, evade, evasion, and other goodies from root עלמ in the hif’il verb format? 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 f…
 
Dr Radu Ioanid, Romanian Ambassador to Israel and historian of Romanian Jewry, discusses his book The Ransom of the Jews: The Story of the Extraordinary Secret Bargain between Romania and Israel detailing how, over decades, hundreds of thousands of Romanian Jews were exchanged for money, livestock and goods. This episode is made possible by Tel Avi…
 
Allison Kaplan Sommer, 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. —Iran, One Month from the Bomb— Experts say Iran can have an atomic bomb by Hanukkah. What, if anything, can Israel do about it? —Who is Sex For?— Is it unseemly for …
 
The word נעלם means ‘disappeared’ or ‘is missing.’ In hitpael, the meaning becomes ‘to ignore,’ useful when you need to ignore someone, some thing, or more specifically in our case, dogs. We’ll also cover what to do when you accidentally send someone a text message meant for someone else entirely. As part of our podcast’s 8th birthday celebrations,…
 
Philosopher and cultural critic Susan Sontag spent a lifetime thinking about the mysterious space between reality and representation, becoming one of the most influential public intellectuals of the 20th century. Benjamin Moser’s acclaimed biography, Sontag: Her Life and Work captures her story with photographic complexity, leaving only a longing f…
 
There is an ancient tradition on Sukkot, which is to say now, called Ushpizin, an aramaic word that means “Guests”, and at its simplest, it means that one invites guests of all sorts, including anyone around who needs a meal, to eat with you in your Sukkah. But already in the 16th century, and maybe long before that, Kabbalists and mystics had symb…
 
The Hebrew word נעלם means ‘disappeared’ or ‘is missing,’ and in order to use it in different contexts, you’ll need to know how to conjugate it. Also, what can science tell us about creating a real cloak of invisibility? Please don’t disappear on us! As part of our podcast’s 8th birthday celebrations, we are giving all Streetwise Hebrew podcast lis…
 
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Sally Abed 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 —A Year of Abraham Accords— A year ago this week, ambassadors from the UAE and Bahrain celebrated with then-…
 
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