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PODCAST: Daily Briefing Mar. 2 – Reform/Conservative conversion makes legal Jews

Tune in Sunday through Thursday to hear ToI editors and reporters quickly catch you up on what’s important today

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 senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and our Hebrew sister site Zman Yisrael’s political reporter Tal Schneider, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

We analyze the groundbreaking Israeli High Court ruling in which, in an 8-1 vote, the judges decided that Reform and Conservative conversions conducted in Israel are kosher for citizenship purposes through the Law of Return. Rettig Gur explains why this is — and is not — significant.

Next, Schneider explores the strange saga of the $3 billion Abraham Fund, created in conjunction with the Abraham Accords, which may be tapped out before it gets off the ground.

With two political analysts on the panel, we chat about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent antics and name-calling ahead of the election, and why Defense Minister Benny Gantz doesn’t really have a solid reason to stay in the running.

Finally, Israeli actor Shira Haas may have missed out on a Golden Globe this week, but she could very well have another chance soon. She was cast as a young Golda Meir for a new Barbra Streisand-produced production of “Lioness,” Meir’s life story.

Discussed articles include:

High Court recognizes Reform, Conservative conversions carried out in Israel

Conversion ruling ends decades of official shunning of Reform, Conservative

Court ruling for non-Orthodox conversions sets up battle at the heart of Judaism

Trump’s $3 billion Abraham Fund may be tapped out before staking a dime

Netanyahu accused of sexism, racism for deriding New Hope’s Shasha-Biton

Na na na na na Netanyahu: PM’s mockery of media critics goes viral

Benny Gantz won’t quit the election race. Is that for Israel’s sake, or his own?

Shira Haas to play Golda Meir in American TV series

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