The Promised Podcast

“Selfie in Auschwitz”

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

In Praise of Progressive Populism

Can leftist Bernie-Sandersian or Jeremy-Corbynian populism in Israel finally break Benjamin Netanyahu’s hold on Israeli politics?

Rachael Ray’s Rapine Recipes

Rachael Ray tweets that hummus is Israeli and is immediately flamed until she herself is golden brown. Can cuisine be colonialist?

Pascal’s Meteorology

Israel’s Minister of Agriculture sponsors a mass prayer vigil at the Western Wall to fight a four year drought. The move works – record rains immediately fall – but is that good government?


Should the very job description of the UN agency that provides aid to Palestinians be revisited and changed?

Now That’s Israeli!

We weigh in on a tricky question: “What is most Israeli?”


White-on-black Arabic billboards go up around Israel and some Jews freak out. What accounts for their fears of one of the country’s two official languages?

Likud’s Settlement-Schizoid New Year’s Resolutions

Likud ministers vote in the morning to approve a deal with Europe that boycotts settlements, and the Likud Central Committee votes in the evening to annex settlements: What accounts for this settlement-schizoid behavior?

The “Herem” of Public Opinion: On Excommunication and Rehabilitation

It was too soon for an august American Jewish institution like the 92nd St. Y to invite confessed groper and harasser Ari Shavit to speak. But how can we ever know when justice has been served?

Only Sixteen

A sixteen-year-old becomes an international sensation when she berates, punches and kicks IDF officers as they enter her yard in her West Bank Village. What do we learn from this unsettling sight?