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Stuck Between Berlin and Jerusalem

What kind of Zionist was Gershom Scholem?

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Israel’s New Zionist Camp Is Anything But

Lacking a vision of the future, Labor reinvents itself by misreading the past

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‘Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel,’ by Anita Shapira

An excerpt from a new biography of the great Israeli statesman, David Ben-Gurion

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Being Ben-Gurion

In a new biography, historian Anita Shapira deciphers Israel’s inscrutable founding father

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Remembering Ralph Goldman, Lifelong Champion of the Jewish State

The ardent Zionist and devoted Jewish civil servant died last week at age 100

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Dear Mahmoud Abbas: Do You Have a Vision for the Future of Palestine?

A letter to the president of the Palestinian Authority about hope, responsibility, and David Ben-Gurion

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Dr. Zhivago’s CIA Connection and the Pope

‘The Zhivago Affair’ is a detailed reconstruction of one of the most fascinating of the Cold War’s cultural skirmishes

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In Israel’s Earliest Days, the Place Its Leaders Felt Compelled To Visit Was Burma

A visit with Than Than Nu, whose father U Nu welcomed Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, and Moshe Sharett to Rangoon

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Reassessing Menachem Begin: Terrorist? Humanist? Man of the People?

Daniel Gordis examines the legacy of the Israeli statesman who fled the Holocaust, fought the Mandate, and made peace with Egypt

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Massive Protest Against Haredi IDF Conscription

Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews rally against proposed new law

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Daybreak: Shimon Peres’ Big Birthday

Barbra Streisand and Bill Clinton toast Israel’s president on his 90th birthday

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Celebrating Israel’s Independence

Artists, writers, Ben-Gurion’s grandson read from Declaration

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Ray Charles and David Ben-Gurion

This week in ‘Hava Nagila’

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Israel’s Mister Austerity

Dov Yosef was one of the state’s founding fathers, but his unpopular economic measures made him a pariah

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Troubling News for Turkey’s Jews

Since the Mavi Marmara incident, Turkish intelligence is focusing on Jews

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Ehud Olmert, Philip Roth, and The Counterlife

A startling example of life imitating art

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The Great War’s Jewish Soldiers

On Veterans Day, I remember my grandfather, who fought in World War I as a Jew and an American

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David Ben-Gurion & Paul Strand

Israel’s founding father and America’s modernist share a birthday

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Is Israel a Modern Sparta?

In Fortress Israel, journalist Patrick Tyler argues that the country’s warrior ethos impedes Mideast peace

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The Burden of Israeli Strength

Where the Jackals Howl, Amos Oz’s newly reissued 1965 story collection, questions the virtues of toughness

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Picture of the Day: Ben-Gurion Straße

From Berlin’s Tiergarten

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Israel’s Tent Protest Politico

Can activist Mickey Gitzin focus the social justice movement on a political message about synagogue and state?

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Israel’s Grittiest Founder

Yitzhak Shamir, who died Saturday, was maligned for his politics. But his bitter realism was prescient.

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Yitzhak Shamir’s Do-Nothing Legacy

The late prime minister’s fatal flaw was reluctance to act

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Obama’s Historical Chutzpah

Does the president really know more about Judaism than John Adams and James Madison did?

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Hello Farmer, Goodbye Loiyah!

The Comment of the Week concerns Jewish occupations

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Bibi’s Political Forefather?

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

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Afternoon Nap

Break-out sessions take over AIPAC

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Choosing

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

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Rules of Engagement

The president of Israel remembers Ben-Gurion’s 1948 decision to exempt young Orthodox men from military service