Times of Israel Podcast

Daily Briefing Jul 5: Western Wall fracas; exclusive National Security Council study

We hear an update on the Chicago shooting victims, Tal Schneider explains why it is in Israel’s interest to include more women in decision-making roles; Judah Ari Gross talks Kotel

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.

Political correspondent Tal Schneider and Diaspora affairs correspondent Judah Ari Gross join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.

A gunman on a rooftop in Chicago’s Highland Park neighborhood opened fire on a Fourth of July parade yesterday, killing six and wounding dozens. Gross updates us on what we currently know about the victims.

Schneider brings an exclusive report on a study conducted by Israel’s National Security Council that concluded that the country must include more women in decision-making capacities. We hear why that’s probably not going to happen.

In videos that are burning up Israeli social media, Labor party leader MK Merav Michaeli is seen dancing with United Torah Judaism’s leader Moshe Gafni’s granddaughter in the women’s section of the latter’s wedding. We hear why the sex-segregated dancing images are problematic for the leaders of both parties.

Late last week, a fracas ensued at the pluralistic pavilion next to the Western Wall as three families attempted to conduct egalitarian bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies. Gross explains how the State of Israel let these American families down.

Discussed articles include:

Synagogue staffer, Mexican grandfather among 6 shot dead in Chicago’s Highland Park

In first, National Security Council report blasts lack of women in decision-making roles

Israeli lawmakers unite for one evening at wedding for MK Gafni’s granddaughter

Labor’s Michaeli won’t nix sitting with ultra-Orthodox, rules out merger with Meretz

After bar mitzvah overrun by zealots, parents lament: ‘We saw Israel at its lowest’

Haredim interrupt Americans’ Western Wall bar, bat mitzvahs, tear up prayer books

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