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In Hebrew, שירה means singing. It can also be used to mean poetry. It depends on the context. On this episode, Guy reviews the words that stem from the root ש/י/ר and several well-known phrases that make use of them. Check Out the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Nurit – Buttercup – נורית Agav – Speaking of, apropos – אגב Sh…
 
Yuval Feldman, professor of law at Bar-Ilan University and a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, utilizes behavioral analysis of regulation, enforcement and compliance to discuss how trust in the state has affected the response to the Covid pandemic, in Israel and beyond. This episode is made possible by the Israel Democracy Institute,…
 
On this episode, we reflect on the tragic passing of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and hear excerpts from his past interview on this show. May his memory be for a blessing. Playlist: Ma Ata Rotze – Ella Li Shaku Shaku – Alis Lo Dofek Cheshbon – Sharif Lo Dome L’Af Echad – Sheli Farjun O she – Shir Zoaretz & Shira Levi Tihiye Ata – Ann B Yesh Lecha Hakol – Y…
 
Host of TLV1’s Tel Aviv Review, Gilad Halpern, Allison Kaplan Sommer and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. —Sub-Committee?— Minister of Defense and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz’s sets up a to investigate corruption in the purchase of …
 
What do courage, poor acting, and pet adoption have to do with one other? They have the same Hebrew root אמצ. On this episode, Guy explains the word אומץ, courage, and its root. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Omets – Courage – אומץ Kibalti/tafasti/azarti omets – I mustered up my courage – קיבלתי אומץ Eize ome…
 
Social media has corrupted the truth, spawned fake news and contributed to the collapse of polite political norms – right or wrong? A systematic, in-depth study of American news media before and after Trump takes a deeper plunge into the right-wing ecosystem at large, with surprising findings. Yochai Benkler of Harvard University, co-author of Netw…
 
Times of Israel Ops & Blogs Editor Miriam Herschlag, 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 this week's Extra Segment on Patreon —The Vaxx— When Pfizer announced last week that its vaccine looks good, PM Netanyahu got o…
 
Yishai Sarid’s The Memory Monster takes the form of a report by the narrator, a young Israeli Holocaust scholar, written to his superior from the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, and raises ethical questions about the struggle to cope with the memory of the Holocaust. Text Yishai Sarid. The Memory Monster. Translated by Yardenne G…
 
The word כבר, meaning “already,” has so many functions in modern Hebrew that we decided to dedicate an entire episode to it. Check Out the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Kvar acharey chatzot – It’s already past midnight – כבר אחרי חצות Nu, dai kvar – Come on, enough already – נו, די כבר Achalta kvar – Have you already eate…
 
Dr. Moran Zaga was studying the Persian Gulf countries long before it became fashionable for Israel to make peace with them. She explains the historic and political background to a series of unlikely diplomatic deals between Israel and certain Arab states, what’s in it for them, and why the United Arab Emirates seeks to position itself as the moder…
 
Times of Israel Ops & Blogs Editor Miriam Herschlag, Wunderkind 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. —What Was That?— Trump will soon be the 45th ex-President of the United States. Did his turbulent four years in office c…
 
There are several confusing verbs in Hebrew. Some are even spelled the same. This is an episode that you will want to follow along with the show notes as you listen. We wouldn’t want to cause any more confusion! Check Out the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: “Tamid ohev, tamid nifga” – He always loves, he always gets hurt – …
 
Ksenia Svetlova’s story is gripping: she moved to Israel as a teen, grew up to become a journalist, and eventually served as a Member of Knesset. In her book: “Reporting the Middle East on High Heels,” Ksenia brings her story to her beat, giving readers an over-her-shoulder view of the Middle East from Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, to the …
 
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. —9,499 Kilometers— Washington lies 9,499 kilometers from Jerusalem, and yet the politics of the one affects the politics of the other. What, if anything, can we learn …
 
School has begun, and once again children are learning how to read, encountering the alphabet for the first time. Hopefully it is a pleasant and magical time, but here is a story of a boy who feared his teacher, although he loved the alphabet. It’s a chapter called The Alphabet and What Lies between the Lines, from Hayim Nahman Bialik’s unfinished …
 
In Hebrew, we say, ?נפגעת ממני (Were you offended by me?) We can also say, ?פגעתי בך (Did I offend you?) And even though these two basically mean the same thing, the way we use them in spoken Hebrew determines who is to blame, the speaker or the spoken to. Guy explains. Check Out the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Hu nifga…
 
In The Management of Hate: Nation, Affect, and the Governance of Right-Wing Extremism in Germany, Dr. Nitzan Shoshan travels with the marginalized, outcasts and left-behind members of German society today to find out what drives some to the far-right – and how the state tries to contain them. This episode is made possible by the Israel office of Ko…
 
Times of Israel Ops & Blogs Editor Miriam Herschlag, Wunderkind Ohad Zeltzer-Zubida, All-star Haaretz writer Allison Kaplan-Sommer, NGO-maven-and-story-teller Don Futterman, Dan-David-Prize Czar Charlotte Halle, and ne’er-do-well Noah Efron tell stories of life and love in this place they call home, all previously aired, for quality control purpose…
 
On this episode, we spin the latest Israeli tunes including new releases from Itai Levi, Ron Shuval, Gal Malka, and have a listen to Moti Tala’s new EP. Playlist: Shmor Alai – Itai Levi, Ana Zak & Agam Buchbut Tamid Kadima Club Remix – Subliminal ft Triple & Soul J Tesha V’Chetzi – DJ Gal Malka & Sagi Breitner Carnaval – Ron Shuval Papa – Moti Taka…
 
How do we say, “I don’t want to offend you” in Hebrew? How about “bullseye”? Or perhaps “fragile”? On this episode, Guy covers the verb לפגוע (lifgo’a), meaning to hurt, and its usage in everyday Hebrew. Check Out the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: “Pachot ve-adayin, adayin poge’a” – It’s hurting less, but it’s still hurti…
 
Prof. Havi Dreifuss of the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University and the International Institute of Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, discusses her book Relations Between Jews and Poles during the Holocaust: The Jewish Perspective, laying out the myriad views and feelings Polish Jews harbored for their country and their non-Jewish com…
 
Times of Israel Ops & Blogs Editor Miriam Herschlag, Wunderkind 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. —How Do You Solve a Problem Like Rav Kanievsky?— Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox kids are going each day to schools …
 
As we labor under unbelievable pressures and uncertainties of the pandemic, especially women who have children at home, it might make us feel a little better to see that the writer Tehila Hakimi already envisioned what work in 2020 would be like back in 2018. Here are some excerpts of her experimental, fragmentary text, COMPANY. It is addressed to …
 
Dr. Scott Ury, the outgoing director of Tel Aviv University’s Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism, and Guy Meron, Prof. of Jewish History at the Open University of Israel, discuss their collected issue entitled Antisemitism: Historical Concept, Public Discourse. This episode is made possible by Tel Aviv Univ…
 
Times of Israel Ops & Blogs Editor Miriam Herschlag, 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. Become a Patron! —Exit Strategy— The government approves a plan to get out of Covid lockdown in nine easy stages. But will it work? —I Am…
 
What do we mean when we say קפה מחוזק (roughly translated as strengthened coffee), and is it legitimate to drink it at 1:30 PM? Or when we say הוא מתחזק (he’s getting stronger) about someone? It’s not what you might think. Check Out the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Eich lechazek et kol ha-rosh – How to strengthen the hea…
 
Prof. Bashir Bashir of the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication at the Open University of Israel, and Prof. Amos Goldberg of the Department of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discuss their edited volume The Holocaust and the Nakba: A New Grammar of Trauma and History. This episode is made possible by th…
 
Times of Israel Ops & Blogs Editor Miriam Herschlag, wunderkind critic 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. —The People Doth Protest Too Much!— In confining demonstrations to 1,000 meters from each protestor’s home, did t…
 
It’s Sukkot again! Over the years in this podcast we’ve focused on various aspects of this holiday — inviting guests, selecting an etrog, the transitory nature of our existence on earth. This time, Marcela focuses on the agricultural aspects — the festival was originally connected to the harvest. And to help us along is Rachel Bluwstein, Israel’s f…
 
It’s asked as a question but it’s actually a statement: ?תחזיק רגע That’s how we ask a friend to hold our bags while we run into another store to buy something. And how would we say, “I think highly of him” (or not so highly)? Guy explains. Check Out the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Tachzik/tachziki/tachziku rega – Hold …
 
The Israeli Palestinian conflict is among the most prominent and complex foreign policy challenges for the European Union. Anders Persson looks at the evolution of EU policy towards the conflict through the EU’s own documentation, from 1967 to the present. This episode is part of a series made possible by the German Government which examines Israel…
 
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. —Who Shall Live— As Israel’s hospitals are overwhelmed with Covid patients, how do doctors decide who gets a ventilator and who doesn’t? —AOC, AOC, Won’t You Fight for…
 
Israelis sometimes use a single word to review a movie or tv series: “!חזק” In Hebrew, חזק (pronounced hazak) means strong. So what are they trying to convey and how else can we use the word חזק? Guy explains. Check Out the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Hazak – Strong – חזק Klaf hazak – High card – קלף חזק Hazak! – Deep, …
 
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. —The Other Deal of the Century— Should Prime Minister Netanyahu get amnesty from prosecution for corruption in exchange for resigning? —RBG for She and We— Israel’s Fo…
 
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