The “Waking Up But Still Not Woke” Edition

Photo: Matthew Hechter/Flash90

Allison Kaplan Sommer, Don Futterman and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

Coffee or Conflict: How Do Israelis Start Our Days?
Was PM Bennett right when he said at the UN that “Israelis don’t wake up in the morning thinking about conflict”?

Cameras in classroom, oh my!

Stone of Hearts
Would it really be so bad if not every building in Jerusalem was faced with the same tawny stone?

Opposing the Occupation Yet Choosing to Join the IDF and Serve in the Territories
For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion, we mull over a personal essay in Haaretz called, “I Oppose the Occupation. This Is Why I Chose to Serve as an IDF Soldier in the Occupied West Bank.”

All that and music by The Bench, in honor of their new, debut record, Jasimo!


  • Who’s There
  • Mosquito
  • Nuweiba
  • Hi Girl

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2 comments on “The “Waking Up But Still Not Woke” Edition

  1. miriam lemer says:

    My husband, daughter and I listen religiously to The Promised podcast.

    You have often brought moving and interesting aspects of Israeli life to our attention.

    The above video is about a heart warming attempt to enhance the lives of severely challenged children. The one I know personally has Fragile x syndrome and will never reach a mental age of more than 5 or 6.

    Your listeners may find the attempt to build a life for these children really inspiring . The video is in Hebrew . So I have not understood it but I know of the project from my sister in law whose sister is the mother of the fragile x boy.

  2. Noah J Efron says:

    Thanks for sending this beautiful and (like you said) inspiring video! I don’t know when and how it will find expression explicitly on the podcast, but I found it moving and enriching, so I suppose it will find expression somehow.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to write and share.


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