The Promised Podcast

The Promised Podcast Guide to Purse-String Power

If American Jews are mad that Israel’s government doesn’t respect them, should they declare a “charity strike”?

Israel’s Urban Poorgeoisie

A big study finds that Israel suffers from a “new poverty” afflicting downwardly mobile, highly-educated professions. But should such folks receive special attention over the “old poor” that have always suffered in our midsts?

Venting on Rent, Dissent and Discontent

For the first time in a generation, Israel’s government offers an “affordable rent” bill, and scholars, activists and mayors all seem to hate it. What went wrong on the way to doing something right?

Putting the “Low” in Diplomat

Why do so few talented young Israelis want to represent their country in world capitals as diplomats?

Mind the Gap!

Republicans and Democrats are more divided about Israel than ever. Has Israel joined America’s partisan melee?

Amazon and the Jewish Question

Amazon’s coming to Israel. It’ll bring low, low, prices. But will it replace good jobs with terrible jobs, and shutter local shops? Will it bring great deals, or just a great big deal with the devil?

Speaking Frankly

Should we say that the Eritrean and Sudanese refugees seeking to avoid deportation are like 40,000 Anne Franks? Or is that a step too far?

Abbas Unbound

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Jews have no historic links to the Holy Land, Zionism was a European Plot, and that Ben Gurion was in cahoots with Nazis. What the hell do we do with that?

Decaffeinated to Death?

Is the shuttering of literary hangout coffee shops in Tel Aviv a sign that Israeli culture is deteriorating? Or is it time for Chicken Little to switch to decaf?

“Selfie in Auschwitz”

A viral Israeli hip-hop video about Auschwitz? Can satire go past transgressive to just plain icky?