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"Hamidrasha" is an Israeli TV series from 2015, revovlving around a secret, uncoventional elite training course of special Mossad agents. The show stars Yehuda Levi as Yona Harari, a particularly unfettered special agent, who has a problem with authority, traditions and rules, amongst many other things. Harari was put in charge of recruiting and training new agents after being involved with some sort of operational mishap in Bulgaria. He picks himself a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits to train and filter out in unusual ways.Alongside Yonah, the course is lead by retired agent Simon, and his ex-wife, Avigail, a senior agent, stationed there to ensure he doesnt let things get out of hand.

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  • Badass Israeli: literally everyone.
  • Badass Grandpa: Simon - but also Micha.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Yonah and Avigail, Irit and Giora.
  • Consummate Liar: Yonah is explicitly training the cadets to become ones.
  • Cunning Linguist: Ya'acov - speaks Hebrew, Farsi, Arabic and English.
  • Deadpan Snarker: several - Avigail, who puts major emphasis on the deadpan part, the Spector siblings, and Irit, the Intrepid Reporter turned cadet.
  • Emotionless Girl: Avigail and Sveta, though they're both Not So Stoic. Katarina also fits.
  • Femme Fatale Spy: Katarina, down do a T. Sveta invokes this in a training mission.
  • Foil: Avishai and Yacov are total opposites - The Fettered and The Unfettered, The Spock and the Hot-Blooded, tall and short... You name it.
  • Functional Addict: Avishai, the psychologist, has a mysterious substance abuse problem. it's MS medicine
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  • Guile Hero: Most of the cadets, but mostly Doris.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Avishi.
  • Insufferable Genius: Hagai, the tech geek. It costs him his spot in the course.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Irit - she is cutthroat and is very good and getting people to open up to her.
  • In-Universe Nickname: Yonah calls Avigail Avi.
  • Lack of Empathy: Avigail knowingly wrecks Sveta's marriage for the sake of training, and has no qualms sleeping with her married, older boss Micha.
  • Manchild: the Spector brothers
  • Master of Disguise: Avital the actor. Was handpicked by Yonah, and is eventually kicked out of trainig by Avigail, saying he is too irrsponsible and fickle, just like Yonah himself.
  • The Mole: Hanoch, who is planted in the course by Micha so he can find out more about what is going on there and effect it.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Doris may seem like a nice older lady, but she is very sharp and means business.
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  • The Nicknamer: Simon calls Sveta Moscow, Yaacov The Persian, Hanoch is Pilot or Flight attendant and Katerina is The Model.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Giora. See Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
  • Not So Stoic: Avishai and Sveta.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: the Midrasha cadets
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Giora, the millionaire cadet, buys his way into success in missions.
  • Those Two Guys: The Spector brothers - Uri and Ziv. Also The Dividual (Twindividual, really).
  • The Unfettered: Yonah is pretty much insane - he is willing to seriously risk the life of the cadets in order to weed out the unqualified, and use wildly unethical means to spy on his ex wife and sabotage her work.
    • All senior agents shown in the show - Simon, Avigail and Micha (the deputy head of the organization) show shades of this trope.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Avishai and Yacov develop that kind of friendship.
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