The 'Apocalypse Soon?' Edition / The Promised Podcast

We discuss this week's historic Iran nuclear deal; the resurgence of the Knesset's rabbis; and poet Roy Hasan's ode to Ashkenazi hypocrisy.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement in his office in Jerusalem on July 14, 2015. Credit: AFP

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Don, Noah, and special guest Miriam Herschlag discuss three topics of incomparable importance, and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

Apocalypse Soon?

Since every other sentient being is discussing it today, we thought we’d join in: What does the Iran deal mean for Israel, its people, its politicians, its Prime Minister, and its relations with America? Is it time to start digging fallout shelters?

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And here come the rabbis!

We discuss the recent, rollicking resurgence of the rabbis of the Knesset, who are trying to reverse liberalizing legislation on a whole host of issues. Is this a religious putsch by a junta of rabbis, or merely a reversion to the status quo?

An ode to hypocrisy

Mizrahi poet Roy Hasan has won the Bernstein Prize. We examine his recent poem that calls out Ashkenazim for hypocrisy, hegemony, and all-around ass-hole-itude. What should we, the Ashkenazi assholes, learn from these slings and arrows?