The Promised Podcast

Symbolic Justice

President Rivlin decided to pardon 70 convicts in honor of Israel’s 70th year, and a high court justice decided to strike-down a sketchy murder conviction in honor of his retirement. Should such governmental pomp, circumstance & ceremony have any role in the administration of justice?

The Great, Digital Sort

Rich Israelis surf real estate sites, poor ones gamble on-line – Is the internet tearing Israeli society apart?

Just the Vax

Should it be illegal for kids in Israel to go to school, if they haven’t gotten their vaccines?

Faded Green?

As local Israeli elections loom, are we seeing a decline in enthusiasm for Green Parties?


Haaretz says all we need to do to implement a Two-State solution is to resettle 9,800 Jewish families. Have we overestimated how much Settlements are a barrier to peace?

Avoidably Detained

The Shabak holds up journalist Peter Beinart at Ben Gurion Airport for a “cautionary conversation” about the perils of anti-Occupation activism. Are we sliding swiftly down a slippery slope?

Living Small

Co-housing takes off in Israel, launching an age of what some call “Kibbutz 2.0.” Is this the result of an admirable embrace of communal values, or because young folks here are being crushed by the levers of capitalism?

Primum Non Nocere

Nurses strike to keep from being punched, slapped and stabbed. How did our hospital wards and clinics become so damn violent?

A Big, Beautiful Wall?

A huge 10 meter high concrete wall is being built along Israel’s northern border, to separate us from Lebanese and Syrians who might want to do us harm. Is the safety the wall affords worth the diplomatic, environmental, and spiritual price we pay for surrounding ourselves with ghetto walls?


The enraged response of some women to a Minister of Health program to promote breastfeeding left us asking, “Should the government ‘stay out of our bras’ as their slogan insists?”