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Daily Briefing Aug 2 – Why Israel’s Olympic gold medalist can’t marry at home

We hear about last night’s budget nail-biter from Haviv Rettig Gur and all about Team Israel’s guts and glory from Amy Spiro

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.

Today’s panel comprises senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and breaking news editor Amy Spiro, who’s our Olympics correspondent, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

For the first time in over three years, the cabinet has approved a state budget. Filled with reforms and plans for the future, the budget will now go to the Knesset where it must pass by early November or the government will fall.

Yesterday, all of Israel celebrated the country’s second-ever Olympic gold medal, the nation’s first medal in gymnastics, which was awarded to Artem Dolgopyat. What else is in store from Team Israel this week?

Freedom of religion activists got a boost from Dolgopyat’s mother, Angela Bilan, who explained that while her son has been in a serious relationship for three years, he cannot be married in Israel because only his father’s side of the family is Jewish. Rettig Gur explains the system and how it may soon get an update — at the initiative of the ultra-Orthodox.

Discussed articles include:

Cabinet approves state budget for 1st time in 3 years in key test for government

Israel’s modest gold medalist: Artem Dolgopyat proves a disarming Olympic hero

Artistic gymnast Artem Dolgopyat wins Israel’s 2nd-ever Olympic gold

Israel’s Olympic gold medalist Dolgopyat: I’m already planning for Paris 2024

After trouncing by South Korea, Israeli Olympic baseball hopes hang on next game

Israel’s Olympic gold medalist can’t marry in the country, his mother laments

Facing religious reforms, some Haredim now call to separate religion and state

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