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Free Agents

This week on Unorthodox, ‘The Bridge Ladies’ Author Betsy Lerner and CNN political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson

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Why Bashar al-Assad, the ‘Teflon Don’ of the Middle East, Can’t Be Touched

Barack Obama’s Syrian endgame and the new alliances that are shaping it

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Bernie Sanders’ Jewish Problem, and Ours

It’s ‘good Jew’ vs. ‘bad Jew’ in the hyper-politicized moral arena of American Jewry and Zionism

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Regaining Jerusalem

Jewish slaveowners celebrate Passover in 17th-century Suriname

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The Jewish Plot To Kill Hitler

How the FBI prevented Jewish American gangsters from altering the course of history in 1933

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Is Syrian Intelligence Working With ISIS in Europe?

An Interview With Abdul Halim Khaddam, the former Vice President and Foreign Minister of Syria

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The Soft Bigotry of Trump’s Explainers

As leader of the free world, the GOP candidate would be no better for his disaffected fans than Hamas has been for its so-called constituents—so, why do we fetishize the ‘white working-class voter’ and his opinions?

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Want Zionism To Survive? Keep It Simple.

Rather than reveling in nuance and complexity, we should tell ourselves a simple story of national and religious pride

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Was Iran Involved in Sept. 11? A Federal Judge Awards Victims $10.5 Billion in Damages.

But the Obama Administration bets $100 billion that Iran is innocent

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Jewish Refugees From Arab Lands Go to Ramallah to Meet Mahmoud Abbas

Dispatch from a meeting of Sephardi leaders with the Palestinian President

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Loathe Thy Brother

Are Donald Trump and Barack Obama two examples of the same American affliction?

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Fritz Kuhn’s Celebrity Apprentice

Donald Trump is not Hitler. He’s more like the leader of the German-American Bund.

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BDS, Inc.

The anti-Israel movement is suffering one defeat after another. So, why are so many Jewish activists—and donors—still obsessed with it?

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Sporting Goods

This week on Unorthodox: ‘Sports Illustrated’ Editor L. Jon Wertheim and Princeton professor Imani Perry, plus our very own Jewish name generator

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The Professor and the Spy

Ahron Bregman’s research uncovered Ashraf Marwan as an Egyptian mole and Israeli agent, which led to his apparent suicide. Now in a new book, the historian writes of his regret.

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Chosen People? The Break-Up of American Jewish Identity

Repeatedly asked to uphold value systems they no longer share, Diaspora Jewry may soon hit unsubscribe

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Palestinian Teenager Hacks IDF Drones

Amateur computer nerd taps into satellite feed to give Islamic Jihad real-time HD access into Israeli military surveillance

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The Pax Americana Is Dead. Welcome to the Age of the Godfathers.

The post-American Middle East being born in Syria is an irretrievably changed land of sectarianism and new foreign hegemony

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Ending the Mindset Is Hard

President Barack Obama has done more to pivot the United States away from the hawkish foreign policy entrenched in Washington than even his supporters give him credit for

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Donald Trump Is Turning Me Liberal

The real reason Jewish conservatives hate Trump. Hint: It has nothing to do with Iraq.

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On the Fifth Anniversary of the Syrian Civil War, a Stateless Refugee Says Thank You

Reflecting on the long sad march out of Homs, and the people along the way

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TOEFL, a Desperately Dull and Profoundly Unfair Exam, Abuses the English Language

I tried to prep a pair of Afghan teens for American boarding school, but instead of teaching them the language they need, I spent all my time explaining cultural references and unfamiliar contexts

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How To Be a Jew in France

Four years after Mohammed Merah’s horrific shooting spree in Toulouse, can things get worse in Europe?

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The Far Left and the Far Right Take Us on a Joyride Back to the Future

What was once the oppositional language of fringe parties in Europe has combined into a toxic new politics that is making its way to the center of Western democratic discourse. That should frighten us.

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Like Advil for Cancer

Jewish and Arab Israelis are working together to aid Syria’s refugees. Does it matter?

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What the United States Is Really Doing in Syria

Tag-teaming with Russia and dumping regional allies and NATO, the White House tells the rest of the world to go take a hike

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It’s Anti-Apartheid Week in the U.K.!

Dispatch from the London campus where BDS activists rattle loudly enough to be heard by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—but how’s the campaign going?

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Brand Awareness

This week on Unorthodox: Drake does bat mitzvahs, plus the designer behind Bernie Sanders’ campaign logo and Whit Stillman’s most memorable on-screen WASP

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Bernie Sanders Channels the Global Youth Rebellions of 2011-12

How the Vermont Senator stumbled on a wave of angry and aspirational young people and became the ideal political leader for the post-Occupy Wall Street generation

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Intersectionality’s Newest Victims: Women

How the regressive left’s new campaign against Hillary Clinton represents the cannibalizing of American liberalism

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