The Promised Podcast – Segment

A Problematical, Dogmatical, Fanatical, Climatical Sabbatical?

The Bible says that every seventh year, Jews are prohibited from planting in the Holy Land. Does that mean that, in 2021, Tel Aviv must stop planting shade trees, because the Bible told them so?

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Body Politics

A 21-year-old sergeant in the Border Police dies after being shot in the head through a hole in the wall that separates Israel from Gaza, and the tragedy instantly becomes a political talking point leading to demands that the Prime Minister resign. Why are IDF casualties suddenly being politicized?

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Afghanistan and the Jewish Question

Do Israelis have anything to learn from the heartbreak in Afghanistan? (Because, you know, it’s always, at least a little, about us.)

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The Defense Minister & the President

Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meet on the down-low to talk about anything but peace. What’s it augur?

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The Year That Was

The Talmud says that on Rosh Hashanah God judges the deeds of all creatures over the prior year. We figured, we’d get a jump on the job, giving God a hand, and figure out what we did right and what we did wrong over the past year

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Wigging Out

We watched a movie about an ultra-Orthodox woman ambivalating over whether to stop wearing a wig, as women of her station are expected to wear

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73 Days In

The Knesset goes into a “summer recess” after the most tumultuous session anyone can remember. How’s the new government doing, 73 days in?

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What We Learned While Skipping School

Kids are finally returning to desks-and-whiteboards after missing almost all of last year. What did we learn from the pandemic about how to make schools better?

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By the Grace of Heaven

A movie about ultra-Orthodox Bnei Brak during the pandemic upends everything we thought we knew. But is it the whole picture?

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