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Daily Briefing June 30: 11th-hour drama as the Knesset officially disbands, finally

Carrie Keller-Lynn reports on November 1 election date and the bills that didn’t make it; Judah Ari Gross on pop culture and family purity laws, no Russian team for Maccabiah Games

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 Carrie Keller-Lynn and religion reporter Judah Ari Gross join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.

By recording time Thursday morning, the 24th Knesset has just finished voting to disband. When is Israel set to vote?

There were a few outstanding issues that held up the breakup of the government and led to last-minute drama during the voting. Which pieces of legislation got left out in the cold?

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will officially become prime minister at midnight tonight. What does the future hold for Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his Yamina party?

The Maccabiah Games will be held across Israel from July 12 to 26. Some 10,000 Jewish athletes from about 60 countries are expected to compete in dozens of sports. Gross explains which countries will not be sending official delegations and why.

In a way to bring Judaism to the masses, Ruthy Leviev, the daughter of Russian billionaire diamond merchant Lev Leviev, reportedly paid secular Israeli female social media stars tens of thousands of shekels each to promote Jewish ritual purity laws that relate to menstruation. Gross delves into the fallout.

Discussed articles include:

Knesset disbands, sets elections for November 1; Lapid to become PM at midnight

Russians will compete in this year’s Maccabiah Games, but Russia won’t

Billionaire’s daughter pays ‘influencers’ to tout Jewish menstruation laws

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