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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.

The Promised Podcast TLV1 Studios

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 397 Ratings

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.

    The “Comfort Where You Find It” Edition

    The “Comfort Where You Find It” Edition

    Miriam Herschlag and Noah Efron discuss two topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.
    Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon
     
    —God Will Avenge His Blood?—
    The IDF has allowed, for the first time ever, military gravestones to add “הי״ד” — “God will avenge his blood” — after the name of a slain soldier. Vengeance carved in stone?
    —Heroes of Israel—
    There’s a new line of “Heroes of Israel” action figures: IDF soldiers for kids to play with. What exactly do they teach our kids?
    —It’s Been Long Enough to Make a Baby—
    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: Nine months of war (long enough to make a baby). Miriam and Noah talk about how they’re doing now.
    Plus, a tribute to two people we remember from iconic photographs, and a new exhibit imagines a very different Zionism than the one we got. Plus more new tunes of our times.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    The “U.S. and Us” Edition

    The “U.S. and Us” Edition

    In a very special, tribute-to-America episode, the sax-and-fiddle player (Alon Tal), the lead-singer-and-keyboardist (Bill Slott), and the bass-player (Noah Efron) of the fondly-remembered band, “Liquid Plumr” discuss two topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.
    Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon
     
    —Bill in Them Hills—
    What can we learn from Bill who spent three months in the West Bank trying to keep local Palestinians from being harassed by local Israelis? Sometimes, you just need to be there.
    —The U.S. and Us—
    How have America and Americans influenced Israeli culture and politics?
    —Are Two Better Than One?—
    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: What is it like to have two countries?
    Plus, music by three great Israeli singers, each born-in-the-U.S.A.

    • 1 hr 47 min
    The “New Day Dawning?” Edition

    The “New Day Dawning?” Edition

    Linda Gradstein, Allison Kaplan Somer and Noah Efron discuss two topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.
    Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon
     
    —Exemption Preemption—
    A bombshell unanimous Supreme Court decision says that, until the Knesset passes a law that says otherwise, Haredi men of army age need to enlist, and those that don’t cannot get government stipends. Are we about to find Yeshiva boys in foxholes?
    —New Day in Gaza?—
    A new report is making the rounds in Jerusalem about how to end the war and coax Gazans to accept Israel, which, new report, may or may not be nuts.
    —AIPAC vs. Bowman—
    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: AIPAC vs. the Squad’s Jamaal Bowman. Decision, AIPAC?
    Plus, Hebrew Book Week 100 years on, and more music of our times.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    The “Down and Out” Edition

    The “Down and Out” Edition

    Linda Gradstein, Don Futterman and Noah Efron discuss two topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.
    Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Special on Patreon
     
    —The Other War—
    The war with Hezbollah up north seems to be getting hotter and more deadly with each passing day. Will missiles rain down on Tel Aviv? And when can the nearly 100,000 evacuees from their homes near the Lebanese Border expect to go back home?
    —Spring of Despair—
    New polls show despair and pessimism of a sort Israelis have never known before. What do we do when more than 2/3 of Israelis are not optimistic about our future?
    —When Nothing Feels Right—
    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: Summer’s here and the time is right for what exactly?
    Plus, Bnei Brak at 100, and more music of our times.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    The “Free At Last” Edition

    The “Free At Last” Edition

    Linda Gradstein, Allison Kaplan Sommer and Noah Efron discuss two topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.
    Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon
     
    —Home—
    Four hostages were rescued from the depths of Gaza. We need a new word for absolute joy mixed with absolute worry mixed with absolute sadness.
    —Gantz, But Not Forgotten—
    Benny Gantz announces that he is leaving the government and its tiny “War Cabinet,” which brought relief, anxiety and ambivalence. With Gantz gone, where will the government go?
    —Shavuot In Israel—
    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: Shavuot in Israel, after eight months of war.
    Plus, the LGBTQ “Vigil of Pride and Hope” in Tel Aviv, celebrating Shavuot, and more music of our times.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    The “Dilemmas, Prisoner & Other” Edition

    The “Dilemmas, Prisoner & Other” Edition

    Linda Gradstein, Allison Kaplan Sommer and Noah Efron discuss two topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.
    Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon
     
    —Prisoner's Dilemma—
    A new Israeli proposal to bring home hostages puts the brakes on the war and signs some sort of pact with the Saudis. So why are religious-Zionists, most of all, opposing it?
    —Same Same (But Different)—
    New Supreme Court petitions might force the army to conscript Haredim. Has the war changed things enough that we can now solve the oldest, hardest problem of Israeli politics?
    —Taking a Break By Going Abroad—
    For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion: After eight months of war, what’s it like for an Israeli to get on a plane to somewhere, anywhere, else? What’s it like to come back?
    Plus, an appreciation of David Levy, being Israeli in Japan, and a new old museum in Tel Aviv. And more music of our times.

    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
397 Ratings

397 Ratings

Cadillac Bob ,

Bright, wonderful people

I look forward to this podcast each week. No matter the topic, it is presented with humor and brilliance. This is the only podcast I have followed for more than 3 years. I miss it when I am unable to listen. Israel’s going through tough times, but I understand the situation much better through the podcast than through American media.

Dan from Albany ,

Detail discussions from Israel

Very Israeli from an English speakers perspective. The intellectual and thoughtful side of the Israel I love.

Gila43 ,

Brings Israel Back to Me

My husband and I lived in Israel for 7 years in the late 70s, early 80s. Our daughters were born there. We planned to stay, but life and work interfered. And Israel changed and we hardly recognized what it became. And we were estranged.
Then I found The Promised Podcast, and it took me back to those days, while at the same time helping me make sense of the Israel of today. Noah Efron’s poetic soliloquies, the music he plays, and the daily details recall the time of our innocence and almost create a “back to the future” for us. His co-hosts, particularly Alilson Kaplan Somerm, add a tartness and an edgier view.
It is all a podcast can and should be, and more.

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