The Promised Podcast

The “Alon Again, Naturally” Edition

We discuss: 1) The killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh 2) Whether Israel’s no-longer-majority governing coalition ought to throw in the towel 3) Whether a weak climate change mitigation bill is better or worse than no bill at all

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The “A Sovereign Jewish State after 2,000 Years, and All I Got was this Lousy Podcast” Edition

Allison, Don, Ohad, Amit, Linda, Jeremy & Noah talk about what Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, means to them, on the eve of Israel’s 74th.

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The “Now and Then” Edition

We discuss: 1) The violence at the holiest sites in Jerusalem, and everywhere else 2) The end of the government’s mask mandate 3) Whether or not it is possible to have a Holocaust Remembrance Day that is Israeli and not just Jewish

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The “Heroism of the Milker” Edition

In this very-special episode, Noah tells the story of a kibbutz that surrendered to the Egyptian army in 1948, and the wounds that have never really healed

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The “With Great Freedom” Edition

We discuss: 1) Whether families of terrorists should pay for the crimes of a loved one 2) Whether we need to change how we bury our dead 3) How we understand the main Passover commandment – to see ourselves as if we ourselves left Egypt, in this moment of viruses and violences, of refugees and unrest

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“The Centre Cannot Hold” Edition

We discuss: 1) The wave of violence that lately rocked Israeli cities, the worst in 17 years 2) The chairwoman of the coalition who bolted to the opposition, leaving the future of Israel’s government uncertain

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The “New Worlds & Old” Edition

We discuss: 1) The summit bringing together the foreign ministers of Bahrain, the UAE, Morocco, Egypt, the US and Israel 2) Should we worry about “the Jewish character” of Israel? 3) On Israel’s greatest cult movie, what accounts for the decades of popularity of so bleak and disagreeable a film?

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The “Three of Four Estates” Edition

We discuss: 1) Zelenskyy’s address to Knesset Members and the Israeli public 2) How the new government did in its first semester of legislating 3) What we make of a series of articles finding the NY Times’s coverage of Israel to be biased against us

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The “What to Remember, What to Forget” Edition

We discuss: 1) Yad Vashem’s decision not to be the venue for a speech by Ukraine’s President 2) The mysterious disappearance from news feeds of the Pegasus surveillance software scandal 3) Whether time has come to retire the notion of Amalek

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The “Showing Up” Edition

We discuss: 1) Whether Israel should throw open its borders to refugees from Ukraine 2) The decision by police to close the sexual assault investigation of one of the LGBTQ+ communities’ leading lights 3) The govt’s decision to spend ten million shekels to “strengthen Shabbat” and the huge backlash against it

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