The Promised Podcast

Judaism: The Theme Park

$400 million to build a theme park in the desert about Judaism, with a ride that log-flumes you through a hectic week and floats you past the serene and bucolic pleasures of Shabbat? Is Israel finally making Judaism fun?

Show Me a Hero (and I’ll Write You a Tragedy)

Should Israel’s street names be scrubbed on honorific mentions of Ashkenazi founding fathers and mothers who treated Sefaradim/Mizrahim with condescension and worse?

Gaza: A Moment Before

Gaza is a bubbling cauldron of hopelessness and human misery. What can be done about it?

Worn Only Once, For Drinks at the King David

A new site lets rich Israelis offload their unworn couture to the hoi polloi, providing refined clothes to unrefined people. But isn’t this cloying bit of rich-kid entrepreneurship, actually a pretty good thing for the world?


A new ultra-Orthodox Wikipedia serves up the world from a “Torah Perspective,” without pics of chicks, and light on evolution. A step towards or away from enlightenment?

A Kinder, Gentler AIPAC

New, improved AIPAC 2.0: Now with Progressives!

Won’t Anyone Think of the Poor Tour Guides?

Should Israel’s tour guides be licensed professionals, like gynecologists, or unregulated enthusiasts, like aromatherapists?

The Truth, the Pole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth

Anyone claiming that Poles bear collective responsibility for Jews murdered in Poland during the Holocaust could land in jail for three years, according to a new Polish law. Now a delegation of Polish historians and politicians is in Israel trying to explain why the law is just. What’s a Jewish state to do?

Kill First!

Two thousand and three hundred: That’s how many targeted killing operations Israel has carried out over the years. Israeli spymasters say that targeted assassinations save lives. But can we live with them?

The Reality of Marriage

The most popular Jewish reality TV show since the Torah was given at Sinai matches singles and introduces them to each other under the Chuppah on their wedding day! Why is it such a hit?