Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.
Editor David Horovitz and Ops & Blogs editor Miriam Herschlag join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.
We begin the program with a few minutes of President Isaac Herzog’s speech last night at the Jewish Federations General Assembly in Tel Aviv, in which he announced his idea of Kol Ha’am—Voice of the People: The President’s Initiative for Worldwide Jewish Dialogue.
Horovitz provides some initial reactions to the initiative, including what he thinks are its chances of success. He also gives an update on the ongoing judicial overhaul negotiations taking place in the President’s Residence.
Herschlag presents a new project on The Times of Israel’s blogs platform called That Song. The collection of short essays from bloggers explores Israeli songs that mattered to them at a particular moment (and maybe continue to matter to them today). The public is invited to participate and to submit short pieces in which they remember where they were when they first heard a song, and how they felt about it. (The project will be launched this week.)