The Promised Podcast


Is there something Israeli about WeWork’s weird vision of combining kibbutz-y communalism and neo-liberal late capitalism?

More Thomas Hobbes, Less Dale Carnegie?

Is it time for the opposition to try to make life for Netanyahu and his coalition more Hobbesian, viz., nasty, brutish and short? Is parliamentary civility dead?

Capital Crimes?

After pharmaceutical giant Teva announces it is firing 1,700 Israeli laborers, workers barricade themselves inside factories, unions declare a general strike, and opposition politicians call to nationalize the factories. What’s the right response?

Who Killed Hanukkah?

What explains the downgrading of Hanukkah from one of the most important Zionist holidays to one of the least important Israeli holidays?

The Perplexing Problem of Patriotism

Why does Israel’s Left consistently fail to persuade fellow citizens that they are just as patriotic as other Israelis?

See No Evil? Evil Not to See?

The country explodes in rage and ridicule after an ultra-orthodox musician tapes his eyes so they would not behold woman dancing in front of the stage. In a tolerant society, why can’t we tolerate that?

What Do and Don’t Demonstrations Do?

Are mass demonstrations in the streets the key to toppling the bastards, to just a meaningless bit of self-important self-delusion?

If I Don’t Recognize You, O Jerusalem

What fears and hopes arise from Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city?

It Happens in the Best of Families

Rabbi Josh Weinberg joins us live onstage as we ask: Are progressive American Jews done with Israel?


Airbnb adds a hundred bucks to the rent of every apartment in Tel Aviv. Is it time to shut it down?