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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. Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Nakba— Nakba Day memorializes as a tragedy the day when a Jewish State was reborn after two thousand tumultuous, s…
 
The Hebrew word לקפוץ means to jump. But its root has many more uses than just that. For instance, there's a common phrase that's used to describe the actions of a person who has no shame: להשתין מהמקפצה. The phrase involves a diving board and… urine. Guy explains. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: “Kol ha-yelad…
 
Jan Grabowski, Professor of History at the University of Ottawa, discusses his new book (co-edited with Barbara Engelking) Night Without End: The Fate of Jews in German-Occupied Poland, focusing on the generally overlooked stories of the persecution and liquidation of Jews in rural and provincial areas in Poland, following the Nazi occupation.…
 
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Linda Gradstein 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 —Shireen Abu Akleh, Z”L— After Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian Al-Jazeera reporter, was shot and kille…
 
We might not be as polite as the Brits, but we still enjoy talking about the weather while waiting for our favorite Tel Aviv bus. Host Guy Sharett shares some useful structures and words you can use with the really nice old lady with the red coat and funny hat that speaks to you relentlessly. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words an…
 
How do you fight a war by becoming the enemy and still keep your identity? Who are the good guys who are the bad guys? What's the best action series on television today, why is it a psychological drama as much as a shoot 'em up, and is it real, fake, fair? Avi Issacharoff, the co-creator of hit TV series “Fauda,” tells all. This episode of the Tel …
 
It’s not always easy to host people. On the flip side, it's also important to know how to be good guests. Guy explains the secrets behind Israeli hospitality using the Hebrew root ארח, and covers common mistakes often made with similar sounding words. Hear the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Ore’ach – Guest – אורח Orchim – …
 
We take a listen to the brand new album by Eyal Golan, and the recent collaboration by Dudu Aharon and Eden Meiri. We'll also hear recent hits from Noa Kirel, Ann B, Ro’i Sendler and others. Playlist: Pa’amon - Noa Kirel ft DJ Itai Galu Motek - Leeshay Solomon Pardon - Ann B ft Alex Ilagna Boker - Tal Vaknin Million Shirim - Eyal Golan Chatuna MiMa…
 
Sally Abed, 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. Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Violence Season— Is it inevitable that seasons of calm are replaced by seasons of violence, just as winter gives…
 
The Hebrew word אסור means forbidden, must not. Its root, אסר, provides us all sorts of ways to say, “we shouldn’t do that.” So let’s try to follow the rules because otherwise we might end up as an אסיר! Guy explains. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Asur – Forbidden, unauthorized, must not – אסור Ze asur – It’…
 
Israelis google lots of questions with the word מותר. To whom are they turning for answers? Doctors, experts, rabbis and others knowledgeable people. They want to know what’s allowed and what’s forbidden. Sometimes you get the strangest questions… Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Mutar – Authorized, allowed, pe…
 
In her bestselling Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism, acclaimed journalist and historian Anne Applebaum examines how a wave of nationalist populism swept through the western world – and tore apart her own circle of friends. This episode was made possible by the Israel office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, which promotes pe…
 
Don Futterman, Noah Efron and superstar reporter Linda Gradstein 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 on Patreon —Wages of Sin— Are the crimes of terrorists visited on their loved ones? —Rest in Peace?— Should dead peo…
 
How do we give something to someone in Hebrew? To give is לתת, but in some structures it could mean something else entirely. And what is לתת בראש – ‘to give in the head’? Guy explains. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Natati la chayay – I gave her my life – נתתי לה חיי Past: Natati, natata, natat, natan, natna,…
 
The Kishinev Pogrom of 1903 was among the seminal events of modern Jewish history. The violence was memorialized in ways that shaped Jewish identity, from the early Zionist national narrative to Jewish American social activism. Prof. Steven Zipperstein examines the history, memory and myth of the violence in Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History…
 
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and environmentalist & Judaicist extraordinaire Jeremy Benstein discuss three two 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 —Wave?— Three terror attacks on civilians in three city cent…
 
The Hebrew word לתאר means to describe. It can also mean to imagine. Guy explains how to use the verb לתאר and teaches a slang term to use when rolling your eyes at someone out of disbelief from what they just said. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: “At yafa she-kashe leta-er” – You’re pretty that it’s hard to d…
 
Rashid Khalidi, a leading historian of the Palestinian national movement, weaves his family history into a century of the Palestinian national struggle against Israel and international forces seeking to thwart self-determination in his new book, The 100 Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017. This episod…
 
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 —Half a Dozen Foreign Ministers— Not long ago, who could even imagine that the foreign ministers of Bahra…
 
Two of the most prominent figures in America's efforts to advance a two-state solution, Ambassador Dennis Ross and David Makovsky, take a deep look at four Israeli leaders and their pivotal decisions. Their book, Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel's Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny, shows how the strength of these leaders lay in the…
 
After an encomium to the late Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, Allison, Noah and Voice of America radio superstar Linda Gradstein 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 —Presidential Address— Volodymyr Zelenskyy…
 
A listener wrote to us asking, “what can we say in Hebrew when we see the horrendous footage from Ukraine?” Guy explains some of the words and phrases we can use, and what to say when we are left speechless. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Nora – Terrible, horrible, awful – נורא “Pashut nora, ma she-kore sham”…
 
Bret Stephens, the prominent New York Times columnist joined the Tel Aviv Review at the Z3 conference to discuss politics in the US and across the pond. This episode was made possible by the Z3 Project, an initiative of the Oshman Family JCC, committed to creating an ongoing, dynamic forum for opinions and ideas about Diaspora Jewry and Israel. The…
 
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 the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —No Place for Politics— Yad Vashem won’t host a speech by Volodymyr on the grounds that there’s no place for p…
 
Brand new tunes from Static & Ben-el, Omer Adam, Agam Buchbut and a special tribute to one of our beloved listeners who recently passed away. Playlist: Mitga’aga’at Otcha – Eden Ben Zaken & Idan Raichel Borchi Nafshi – Zion Golan & Sagiv Cohen Niyar Iton – Subliminal ft Chezi Shaked LaChatan V’LaKala – Regev Hod Lichora – Omer Adam, Static & Ben-El…
 
I need to make some בירורים, inquiries about someone, לברר a few things about him. This is Guy’s second episode dedicated to the root ב-ר-ר. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Daber barur – Speak clearly – דַּבֵּר ברור Daber barur, ata tsarich kesef? – Speak clearly, do you need money? – דַּבֵּר ברור Lashir barur…
 
Avishai Margalit, Prof. Emeritus of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, as well as a senior research fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, discusses his 2017 book On Betrayal, a philosophical exploration of the similarities and differences between adultery, treason and apostasy …
 
Sally Abed, 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. Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Showing Up— Should Israel take as many refugees from Ukraine as want to come? —Another Milestone— Sexual assault char…
 
In Hebrew, ?הייתי ברורה means ,“was I clear?” Guy’s school principal would lecture him and his peers after they did something wrong, and she would end with “?הייתי ברורה”. This episode is dedicated to the word ברור. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Barur – Clear, clearly, of course – ברור Barur ka-shemesh – It’…
 
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and URJ VP and Renaissance Rabbi Josh Weinberg 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 —Laying Low— Israel’s leaders are heartsick about Ukraine and still nervousl…
 
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and linguist, Jewish scholar and environmental activist Jeremy Benstein discuss 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 —Left and Gone— Is there something about the way we s…
 
How do you translate the word nice to Hebrew? Well, it depends on the context. Guy explains when we can use נעים and when we must opt for a more appropriate Hebrew word. Listen to the All-Hebrew Episode on Patreon New Words and Expressions: Na’im – Nice, pleasant – נעים Na’im lehakir – Nice to meet you – נעים להכיר Nice to see you – Tov lir’ot otch…
 
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 —Macaroni Acrimony— Each day brings new, anguished protests over rising prices. Does the government have an an…
 
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