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Do Torah Scholars Have the Right Not To Be Drafted by the Government?

In rabbinic Judaism, learning replaces noble birth as a source of power and status—including the power to avoid state responsibility

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Writing Your Way Out

In conversation with Shulem Deen’s new ‘All Who Go Do Not Return,’ a book that doesn’t give readers everything they want

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Chofetz Chaim Footage Becomes Election Ad

Newly-discovered 1923 film of influential rabbi used in haredi campaign

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The Right Hand Washes the Left

How ultra-Orthodox Jews and the secular left are forging an unlikely peace coalition in Israel

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Changing the Equation for Orthodox Women Studying Math and Science

As Israel’s first female Haredi dean, mathematician Malka Schaps is helping other religious women follow in her footsteps

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Jewish Self-Government in Europe Was Not Just a Dream—It Was a Failure

The Council of Four Lands was the central body of Jewish autonomy in Poland for nearly two centuries. What went wrong?

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Israeli Film ‘Fill the Void’ is Jane Austen for Jews

New movie offers a glimpse into the insular ultra-Orthodox community

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Israel’s Next Chief Rabbi Has Illustrious Shoes To Fill—From Long Ago

Can David Stav, who is in line for the post, return it to the stature it held before his immediate predecessors?

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How Lakewood, N.J., Is Redefining What It Means To Be Orthodox in America

Seventy years ago, Rabbi Aharon Kotler built an enduring community of yeshiva scholars by making peace with capitalism

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Video: Lapid to Haredim: “We Need You”

Yair Lapid appeals to Israel’s ultra-Orthodox, says he does not seek to destroy their way of life, but rather to include them in the state’s defense.

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Video: Yair Lapid Spars with Ultra-Orthodox

In tense Knesset debate, Yesh Atid head critiques Haredi society and defends using Facebook on Shabbat

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The Rabbi Who Hated Lies

David Hartman, my late study partner, wanted to be a great rabbi. He ended up in a war for Judaism’s future.

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Leaving Orthodoxy for the IDF

As the Knesset debates conscription for Haredim, some teens are already leaving their community to serve

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Jew vs. Jew at the Western Wall

At the Western Wall, the latest incarnation of an ancient Jewish battle between tradition and modernity

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Panic in Jerusalem

Parents in a tight-knit neighborhood believe a pedophile ring is terrorizing children. What if it doesn’t exist?

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Hasidism, in Living Color

Jerusalem’s Israel museum persuasively shows that Hasidism is not only, or even really, about religion

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The Right Way to Pray

One Talmudic rabbi’s prayers work, while others’ fall on deaf ears. Is humility more pleasing to God than pomp?

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Sundown: Women and Custom Collide in the IDF

Plus Canadian severs ties with Iran, kicks out diplomats

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Talmudic Rebbe-llion

A coup at the rabbinic academy deposes Gamliel and unleashes a torrent of questions

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Talmud’s Warriors and Scholars

This week’s Daf Yomi reframes the debate over the primacy of force or scholarship in Jewish values

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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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Conscription Law Upended by Politics

With squabbling of Kadima and religious parties, Bibi holds all the cards

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Arabs in Israel: No Service?

As the Knesset considers a new national service law, young Arab citizens may be required to pitch in, too

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Sundown: Israel’s Changing Demographics

Plus former Mossad head criticizes Romney, and more

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Daybreak: Bibi’s Plans

Plus new inspections and new sanctions, and more in the news

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High Noon: Génocidaire Clears Syria

Plus ‘Israel Firsters,’ the Americans of Beit Shemesh, and more

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Anti-Women Protests Come to a Head

Netanyahu condemns spitting, but his coalition could be threatened

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Midday: Workfare, Not Studyfare!

Plus hot mommies, and more in the news