The Promised Podcast

Gods of War, Gods of Peace

Is religion a barrier to peace between Jews and Palestinians? Rabbi, MK and Minister Michael Melchior says that the path to peace is paved with religion.

Light Out from the Nations?

What else can Israelis and Palestinians learn from Northern Ireland? So so much, says Rev. Gary Mason, who devoted his life to finding peace among Protestants and Catholics.

Between Belfast, Bethlehem and Beer Sheva

What can Israelis and Palestinians learn from Northern Ireland? A lot, says former First Minister Peter Robinson, who devoted his life to finding peace among Protestants and Catholics.

Schools of De-Zion

There’s an amazing resurrection in America of hip Yiddishism and Bundism and all sorts of spectacular Jewish cultural creativity, the roots of which reach back to sources that have little to do with Israel and Zionism. Should we celebrate or mourn this creative de-Zionising?

Marks and Surplus Values

If “Jewish values” are used to justify both right-wing and left-wing positions, there is any value to them at all? Is it time to stick a fork in “Jewish Values”?

It’s Not Over ‘til the Yellow Bird Sings

The “Canary Mission” is a site clearinghouse of information about American students, professors and organizations critical of Israel. What impact does its “this-will-go-on-your-permanent-record” trolling of Jewish American (and other) critics of Israel have on all of us?

“If I Creative-Class Thee, O’ Jerusalem”

Do we want Jerusalem 2.0, a shangrila for creative class types, tap-tap-tapping their screenplay into their laptop at the hip neighborhood café?

So You Couldn’t Find a Nice Jewish News Anchorwoman?

The winningest wedding of Israel’s social season is between a Muslim anchorwoman and a Jewish actor. Is it racist to have misgivings about “mixed marriages”?

What’s Good for the Goose

Polls show that former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz may soon be one of Israel’s most powerful politicians, even though no one knows what he thinks about anything. Why do we keep falling in love with strong, silent types in uniforms?

Eurovision Indecision

Should Tel Aviv-Jaffa spend the hundreds of millions of shekels it’ll cost to host the euroglitzerati for the Eurovision Song Contest in May?