The “Language of a Common Dream” Edition

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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and activist, intellectual and educator Jeremy Benstein, author of the new book, Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes: A Tribal Language in a Global World, discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

Will a third Knesset election be the disaster everyone says it will be, or should we just chill out and repeat to ourselves, “Third time’s a charm!”, “Third time’s a charm!,” “Third time’s a charm!”?

The Language of a Common Dream
The Hebrew language once brought Jews around the world together. Is it now tearing them apart?

The “Oy” in “Joyocaust”
A “Joy-o-caust”?!? What’s Transparent telling us about how to be Jewish?

Political Preach
For our most generous Patreon patrons, in our extra-special, special extra segment, following a little brouhaha in the papers and on social media about whether Rabbis ought to preach politics on Yom Kippur, we’ll talk about the sermons that we’ve heard, this year and in the past, that moved us, and why.

All this and the wonderful Yuval Mendelson (sometimes with The Lobsters, sometimes not so much).


  • Chipushit Kechula (חיפושית כחולה), with the Lobsters
  • Sippur Pashut (סיפור פשוט)
  • Retzah Rabin (רצח רבין)
  • Krav Me’assef (קרב מאסף), with Or Edry

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3 comments on “The “Language of a Common Dream” Edition

  1. I really enjoy the Promised Podcast. I like the idea of learning Hebrew having value even if you never will be fluent. Like one of the esteemed podcasters said even knowing some Hebrew helps build understanding and bridges between us Jewish Americans and Israelis.

    Keep up the good talking and the superb music. I learned about Tamarada and others from this show. Thanks.

    Shana Tova

  2. Lorraine says:

    I met a Ukrainian woman at the synagogue in Kiev when I was on holiday from the UK. I have conversational Hebrew and she was a Hebrew teacher. We had a lovely heart-warming chat in Hebrew, our only common language. Definitely the glue!

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