What kind of Zionist was Gershom Scholem?
Lacking a vision of the future, Labor reinvents itself by misreading the past
An excerpt from a new biography of the great Israeli statesman, David Ben-Gurion
In a new biography, historian Anita Shapira deciphers Israel’s inscrutable founding father
The ardent Zionist and devoted Jewish civil servant died last week at age 100
A letter to the president of the Palestinian Authority about hope, responsibility, and David Ben-Gurion
‘The Zhivago Affair’ is a detailed reconstruction of one of the most fascinating of the Cold War’s cultural skirmishes
A visit with Than Than Nu, whose father U Nu welcomed Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, and Moshe Sharett to Rangoon
Daniel Gordis examines the legacy of the Israeli statesman who fled the Holocaust, fought the Mandate, and made peace with Egypt
Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews rally against proposed new law
Barbra Streisand and Bill Clinton toast Israel’s president on his 90th birthday
Artists, writers, Ben-Gurion’s grandson read from Declaration
This week in ‘Hava Nagila’
Dov Yosef was one of the state’s founding fathers, but his unpopular economic measures made him a pariah
Since the Mavi Marmara incident, Turkish intelligence is focusing on Jews
A startling example of life imitating art
On Veterans Day, I remember my grandfather, who fought in World War I as a Jew and an American
Israel’s founding father and America’s modernist share a birthday
In Fortress Israel, journalist Patrick Tyler argues that the country’s warrior ethos impedes Mideast peace
Where the Jackals Howl, Amos Oz’s newly reissued 1965 story collection, questions the virtues of toughness
From Berlin’s Tiergarten
Can activist Mickey Gitzin focus the social justice movement on a political message about synagogue and state?
Yitzhak Shamir, who died Saturday, was maligned for his politics. But his bitter realism was prescient.
The late prime minister’s fatal flaw was reluctance to act
Does the president really know more about Judaism than John Adams and James Madison did?
The Comment of the Week concerns Jewish occupations
When Andrew Sullivan and Roger Cohen link the prime minister’s policies to Ze’ev Jabotinsky, they’re getting the early Zionist leader all wrong
Break-out sessions take over AIPAC
When an 81-year-old novelist sued to become the first Jew in Israel officially labeled “without religion,” he didn’t realize he would start a movement
The president of Israel remembers Ben-Gurion’s 1948 decision to exempt young Orthodox men from military service