The “Autarky Malarkey!” Edition

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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Noah Efron and returning prodigal son, Ohad Zeltzer-Zubida discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

“A Mandate” Anagrams to “A Tad Mean”
Israel’s Corona Czar says the time has come to consider a “vaccine mandate.” Is this why the word “omicron” anagrams to “moronic”?

Whose Violence is it, Anyway?
Why do folks on the left and the right see such very different things when they look at violence on the roads and in the fields of the West Bank?

Et Tu, Walden? (Or, Autarky Malarkey!)
Would we all be better off if more of us lived off the grid, Henry David Thoreau style?

Reacting to the Latest Scandal-de-Jour
For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion, we discuss the scandal-de-jour, in which former director of the Mossad, and a presumptive heir to Benjamin Netanyahu, Yossi Cohen, is found to have braggadociously shared state secrets with his flight-attendant consort and her cuckold (and kinda pissed) husband. We’ll try to sort out what to make of this sordid affair.

All this and songs by Solomon Ibn Gvirol, to celebrate his 1,000th birthday! (Because, you only turn 1,000 once!)


  • Ma Lach Yechida, set to music and performed by Berry Sakharof & Rea Mokhiah
  • Kichlot Yeini, performed by Arik Shifman
  • Shahar Avakeshkha, performed by Avishai Mor
  • Shalom Lecha Dodi, set to music and performed by Berry Sakharof and Rea Mokhiah

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1 comment on “The “Autarky Malarkey!” Edition

  1. Francine Sharpe says:

    The day after getting “boosted”, I listened (as I do most weeks) to The Promised Podcast. It was energizing and delightful and made me smile. Thanks to the crew for their thoughtful and passionate discussions and arguments. You make it all a bit better!

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