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Daily Briefing June 14: Fateful voting day in Knesset for judicial picks

Knesset correspondent Tal Schneider discusses choosing MKs for Judicial Selection Committee; Diaspora affairs reporter Canaan Lidor looks at Lithuanian PM speech and Hong Kong eruv

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.

Knesset correspondent Tal Schneider and religion and Diaspora affairs reporter Canaan Lidor join host Jessica Steinberg for today’s podcast.

Schneider discusses the crucial voting taking place today for the selection of Knesset representatives on the Judicial Selection Committee, which chooses the nation’s judges. She looks at how it’s been done in the past and what may happen now, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to avoid mass protests, and how that may affect his coalition’s voting.

Lidor talks about what Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė said in her pro-Israel speech this week to the American Jewish Committee Global Forum in Tel Aviv, and how it connects to Lithuania’s World War II history with Russia.

He also looks at the new eruv erected by Hong Kong’s Jewish community, explaining how the symbolic enclosure erected by Jewish communities for the purpose of carrying on the Sabbath was put up.

Steinberg offers the latest on concert tours coming to Israel, including funk pop star Bruno Mars who sold out one Tel Aviv show in two hours and scheduled a second, as well as a new album and performance from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and Dudu Tassa.

Discussed articles include:

Coalition heads to meet Wednesday before crucial vote on judge-picking panel

In Tel Aviv, Lithuanian PM extols Israel alliance but sidesteps Nazi collaboration

Bruno Mars adds 2nd Tel Aviv show after first sells out in 2 hours

Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, Dudu Tassa announce Tel Aviv gig after album release

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