The 'Another Year Gone' Edition / The Promised Podcast

To hell with what folks think about Israel!; the beginning of the end of the Rabbinate; why leftists spent this year mad, muttering, and morbidly depressed.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu marches with other world leaders. January 11, 2015.Credit: AP

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Allison, Don, and Noah discuss three trends that have captured their attention this year, and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

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To hell with what folks think about Israel!

This year, perhaps more than ever before in history, our government seems to be saying a big "F- YOU" to the world. We just don’t care what you think about us. Obama? Screw you! Hollande? Up yours! Merkel? Take a hike! But why? Why? Why?

The beginning of the end of the Rabbinate

Blatant rebellion against Israel's Chief Rabbinate broke out this year after a group of rabbis established an alternative, “friendlier” conversion court. Everyone expected the Orthodox hegemony to get even stronger, but are the rabbis losing their grip?

Dazed, confused, drunk, and depressed

Israeli leftists spent this year mad, muttering, and morbidly depressed. This was the year that so many of us on the left lost our nerve, our mojo, our hope - even though now is when we need them the most: What the hell can we do to get them back.

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