The 'Doctors, Lawyers, and Rabbis' Edition / The Promised Podcast

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Ultra-Orthodox man practices on airplane to Tel Aviv on May 6, 2011.Credit: Dreamstime

Allison, Don and Noah discuss three topics of incomparable importance, and end with an anecdote each about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

A spoonful of politics helps the medicine go down?

Lancet editor Richard Horton visited Israel this week to apologize for his publication’s controversial ‘An Open Letter for the People of Gaza.’ As authoritative social figures, should doctors express their political views publicly, while wearing their white coats?

How to judge the judges
The Israel Bar Association, ignoring fierce opposition from representatives of the bench, recently decided to reinstitute the annual rating of judges by lawyers. Does this serve to remind judges that they’re human, or is it populism at its most problematic?

Seeing black at 30,000 feet
We discuss the now-infamous El Al flight that took off 20 minutes late because an ultra-Orthodox man was negotiating not to have to sit next to a woman, which led to a petition and global feminist uproar. Is this the classic paradox of liberalism?

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