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Podcast title This Normal Life
Website URL http://www.thisnormallife.com/...
Description Weekly essays on what passes for "normal life" in Israel today
Updated Thu, 12 Nov 2009 05:40:58 -0500
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Episodes

1. Charted and Set Sail Podcast
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Description: It's been a year and a half since the Blums instituted a chart system for keeping the kids in toe with their chores. How did it go? Well, there's good news and bad news...


2. Snow Patrol Podcast
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Description: When a rare snowstorm hits Jerusalem, Brian laments that 9-year-old Aviv would rather watch cartoons than frolic outside. But he's only got his father to blame.


3. Cheerleaders for Aliyah Podcast
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Description: 191 new immigrants arrived in Israel on the last Nefesh b'Nefesh flight of 2007 and Brian and Jody were there to cheer them on. A first-hand description of the new style of aliyah.


4. The Rabbi's Daughter Podcast
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Description: Billed as a "true tale of sex, drugs and Orthodoxy," Reva Mann's new autobiography "The Rabbi's Daughter" is not as titillating as its title would make it out to be. It's actually a comfort to Jews seeking a middle ground. Brian has the review here.


5. Reinventing Zemirot Podcast
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Description: Brian's family stopped had singing zemirot around the Shabbat table. That is until Brian attended a concert of Pharaoh's Daughter who have reinvented the traditional Shabbat tunes.


6. No Offense Taken Podcast
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Description: A Japanese company is interested in Brian's new startup and is coming to Israel to meet him. Brian prepares a demo website in Japanese. When the Japanese don't respond, Brian wonders if he has caused them to lose face.


7. The Perfect Chair Podcast
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Description: When is a chair not just a chair? When it becomes a metaphor for seeking perfection. Brian encounters his own personal demons in the search for batter back support.


8. The Most Wonderful Beautiful Miraculous Thing in the World Podcast
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Description: In the Blum household, children learn about "it" at age 8. Now it's Aviv's turn.


9. SCUBAduper Podcast
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Description: Brian's not afraid of anything. He's jumped out of an airplane and traveled around the world. But SCUBA diving scares him silly. Until he confronts his fears on a recent vacation.


10. Hamster Education Podcast
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Description: After the fourth litter, Brian starts to reconsider his inadvertent role of playing birthing hospital to a family of incestuous rodents. But the pet store is full up. How will Brian deal with the ever growing population?


11. Bodhichitta and Boogie Podcast
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Description: Brian and Jody are exploring meditation, seeking a path to Bodhichitta, or enlightenment. So how do the square starting an evening in quiet contemplation and ending it at Boogie, a raucous dance party?


12. Good Cop Bad Cop Podcast
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Description: Brian gets pulled over by a policewoman with an attitude. But he's done nothing wrong...or so he thinks. Can he wiggle out of a ticket this time?


13. Bully for the Teachers Podcast
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Description: The teachers have been on strike for 45 days. The finance ministry refuses to budge. Why can't the two sides come to a settlement? Brian puts the blame on a bully.


14. Purging a Lifetime of Memories Podcast
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Description: Brian's parents are moving and they're not taking all the papers and junk he's stored in his old room for the last 40 years. The time has come for a major purge. But is he up to the challenge?


15. 3 Days in New York with Kids Podcast
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Description: A travel related podcast on what to do in New York City if you have three days and three kids in tow.


16. A Puzzling Wedding Podcast
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Description: Brian's brother Dave runs Dr. Clue, a corporate team building organization specializing in treasure hunts. His recent wedding, as a result, was a most puzzling wedding affair.


17. 47 Podcast
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Description: Brian recently turned 47 and he's feeling old. There's his expanding gut, his bad eyesight, not to mention his suddenly teenage daughter.


18. eTested - Restaurant Reviews Podcast
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Description: This week, we bring you two restaurant reviews - Jerusalem's Joy Grill and Beer, and Ramla's Maharajah. Bon appetit!


19. New Girls Schools Shake Up Educational Landscape in Jerusalem Podcast
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Description: Two new schools for religious girls opened in Jerusalem this fall: Beverly Gribetz's Tehilla and the Hartman High School for girls. How will this impact existing schools? Is there a need for more options?


20. This Normal Life Podcasts
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