The Promised Podcast

An inside view of how Israel can warm your heart and make your blood boil. It’s a show by a journalist, a professor and an NGO professional who live in and love Israel even though it drives them crazy, and who each week discuss the latest in Israeli politics, culture, and society.

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episode 2: The “It Never Bahrains, But It Pours!” Edition

We discuss: 1) the historic accord with the UAE and peace declaration with Bahrain 2) the 3-week lockdown 3) the efforts to ban the TV satire show, The Jews Are Coming



episode 1: The “Disobedient? Sure. But Is It Civil?” Edition

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. --But What Future?-- What does the Greek-tragic struggle over...



The “N, Na, Nah” Edition

Why have the Jerusalem protests lasted so long? Could Naftali Bennett be Israel’s next PM? Did the coronavirus czar step too far when requesting to ban ultra-Orthodox Israelis from entering Ukraine?



The “International” Edition

Twenty two years ago, a week after Israel celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, a 26 year-old former drag-queen and trans woman won the world’s biggest song contest, The Eurovision. She also forever changed the way we Israelis see ourselves.



The “Good Trouble” Edition

Merav Ferziger and her mom, Miriam Herschlag, on the protests shaking Jerusalem at the foundations, and making all sorts of “good trouble”


 2020-08-20  30m

The “The Memory & the Blessing” Edition

Maybe no one is a better symbol of how Israel is changing (and did more to cause this change) than Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, who died this week at 83.


 2020-08-13  49m

The “A Song for Peace” Edition

From deep in summer doldrums, Noah tells the story of one song that is also, in a way, the story of Israel itself.


 2020-08-06  56m

The “My Temple Was Destroyed & All I Got Was This Lousy Podcast” Edition

Are the demonstrators in front of the PM’s home a new political class? Is our next PM a dyspeptic 76-year-old named Ron? How do you solve a problem like the Eretz Israel Museum?


 2020-07-30  1h26m

The “Reflections on the Revolution in Jerusalem” Edition

What happens now that trust in our leaders has eroded and each night brings new scenes of police water-cannoning protestors? What's the legacy of the “withdrawal to end all withdrawals” that took place 15 years ago?


 2020-07-23  1h18m

The “What Are We Fightin’ For?” Edition

As demonstrations grow, what should Netanyahu do about Israel’s economic crisis? What’s wrong with judging judges? And is it okay for a kibbutz to bar folks from visiting the banks of a river that winds through its grounds?


 2020-07-16  1h26m