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 deputy Jewish World editor Yaakov Schwartz, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and alternate PM Yair Lapid were sworn in a little over a month ago. How is their odd-couple relationship faring? Rettig Gur brings lessons learned from the former parity government and this risky new concept that Bennett and Lapid are basing their relationship upon — trust.
The upcoming Hebrew New Year marks the beginning of a shmita year, in which the land must lie fallow. Schwartz explains what this biblical commandment is and how it may affect one of Israel’s booming agricultural industries: medical cannabis.
Finally, Borschel-Dan dons her Indiana Jones hat and discusses a First Temple-era fortification wall that the Bible may, or may not, have said was destroyed following the Babylonian conquest of 586 BCE, commemorated on the upcoming Tisha B’Av fast day.