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.