The Promised Podcast

Romanticizing the Draft?

A Knesset member put forth a proposal to end the draft in favor of an all-volunteer army, but most Israelis are against it. Apart from the more practical considerations, canceling the draft would undermine Israeli society’s romantic and nationalistic image of the army as a melting pot and expression of citizenship.

For better or verse: The state of poetry in Israel

We explore Hebrew poetry in translation, including Leah Goldberg and Yehuda Amichai.

Should we trust our hearts or our eggheads on the minimum wage?

Should the minimum wage be boosted to 30NIS per hour? Is that even a living wage?

Does Israel love basketball more than Torah?

Is Tel Aviv winning the European basketball championship “proof that Zionism has failed”?

Has Israel become ungovernable?

Is a crisis of authority making Israel ungovernable and threatening the peace process?

The Talmud as the basis of Israeli law?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to “legally define the Talmud as the basis of the Israeli legal system”.

iNakba: the “Angry Birds” of the Conflict

iNakba is the “Angry Birds” of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and guess who’s playing the part of the pigs?

Why is J-Street the odd man out?

Why did the Conference of Presidents decided to keep J-Street out of their nifty club, and what’ll happen as a result?

Alternative memorials: unifying or divisive?

Why do the proliferating “alternative” ceremonies for Memorial Day and Independence day piss off so many?

Politicking the Holocaust

Are we cheapening the memory of the Holocaust by applying it to our present-day politics?