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Daily Briefing July 22 – Will massive Team Israel net 7 medals at Tokyo 2020?

Amy Spiro explains who is going for the gold (or silver or bronze); Jordan Hoffman highlights a new Barry Sonnenfeld musical series and a book convinced that Superman was Jewish

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 breaking news editor Amy Spiro and cinema writer Jordan Hoffman, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are set to officially open tomorrow and Team Israel is bigger and better than ever. We discuss its medal chances — the Associated Press has predicted an unprecedented seven medals this Olympics — and a profile of swimmer Andi Murez, who happens to also be a third-year medical student in her spare time. Also, how did the Holocaust suddenly get involved with the opening ceremony?

New Apple TV musical series “Schmigadoon!” is burning up the streaming service. Hoffman dives into his hilarious interview with director Barry Sonnenfeld — who really, really dislikes musicals.

And finally, was Superman a Jew? A new book by Roy Schwartz sets out all the reasons to believe so in 400 pages.

Discussed articles include:

From gymnastics to judo, Israel primed to strike Olympic gold in Tokyo

Israel’s fastest female freestyle swimmer is a medical student from Los Angeles

AP predicts Israel to win 7 medals in Tokyo, including gold in men’s gymnastics

Olympic opening ceremony director fired over Holocaust joke in 1998 comedy act

A marvel in comics: 2012 interview with Stan Lee

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