The Promised Podcast

The Exoneration, Importation & Secularization Edition – The Promised Podcast‏



Allison, Eilon, Don and Noah discuss

  •  the dramatic exoneration of MK Avigdor Lieberman of charges of “breach of trust” on the part of a three judge panel, a verdict that brought to a swift end a languorously slow (17 year) investigation and trial;
  •  the IDFs decision to buy boots from American factories, which amounted to a death sentence for a local factory and firings for its hundred employees.
  • the spate of recent legislation reducing the power of rabbis, and amounting to what one journalist called a “slow-moving legislative revolution is taking place that may dramatically change how Israelis live their lives



System Ali – Vaina
System Ali – Building this house anew
System Ali – Guevara Mat
System Ali-  Ala Bali
By User:Mattes (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The President and the Pop-Stars – The Promised Podcast‏



Allison, Eilon, Don and Noah discuss

  • The Palestinian prisoner release and whether it helps or hinders the peace process
  • Education Minister Shay Piron’s decision to start teaching first-graders about the Holocaust and carry on right through high school: Should we teach Treblinka to tots?.

The gang also chats with Knesset Member Dov Khenin about what’s up in new the legislative session, and especially the so-called “Better Governance Bill” that may change the face of Israeli politics forever, if it’s passed. Plus, the insanely great music of “Ha-Hatzer ha-Ahorit,” with lyrics by legendary songwriter Yankele Rotblit.



החצר האחורית, מקור מצטט העתק
החצר האחורית, מענה קולי
החצר האחורית, אחד משלנו
Photo by GPO


Low election turnout, and the decline in the old hardline Zionist ideology – The Promised Podcast‏



Allison, Don, Eilon and Noah discuss:

  • this week’s local elections, why fewer and fewer folks come out to vote in them, and what we’re voting about when we bother to vote at all, and
  • our changing attitudes towards citizens who opt out, moving to Berlin or Brooklyn, and how the shifts reflect a decline in the old, hardline Zionist ideology that once held sway here, but no longer seems to.

All this and new reads, looks and listens you might want to check out in your idle hours. Plus, three mashups by arguably the coolest (and, ironically, the hottest) DJ in Tel Aviv: Maya Jakobson.



Eyal Golan vs. Jennifer Lopez – Mi She On the Floor
Stand by me, Amy (Amy Winehouse Mashup)
The Edge Of Glory Meets Girls (Gaga / Beyonce / Timbaland mashup)


By Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Is social justice always subordinate to security?

Ilene, Noah and special guest Miriam Herschlag discuss whether the social protests of three years ago had any effect.

‘We have met the enemy and he is us’

Ilene, Noah and special guest Miriam Herschlag discuss whether we have lost the moral high-ground.