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Ramon’s Piano

An Israeli rock musician faces repeated public family tragedy head on, to emerge from the long shadow of his hero father, Israel’s first astronaut

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Is Bogie Ya’alon the Next Ariel Sharon?

Why a ‘political earthquake’ may be in store for Benjamin Netanyahu—and how his former Defense Minister could trigger it

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Summer of My Israeli Soldier

It was supposed to be a romantic summer in Jerusalem. But religion and politics kept getting in the way.

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Both Sides Now

A recent visit from an old friend left us both wondering about the choices we made about family and career

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Haredi IDF Soldiers Under Persecution

An ugly campaign shaming ultra-Orthodox soldiers recently came to a head for one family who reportedly faced death threats

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Brits Detain Israeli Soldier, and They’re Terribly, Terribly Sorry

Her Majesty’s finest finally spotted the real threat: Jews

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Know No Bounds

IDF Veteran Adi Deutsch lost his leg to a land mine when he was 20 years old. Nearly three decades later, and now a seasoned triathlete, he’ll run the New York City Marathon on Sunday.

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Israeli Soldier Costume For Kids Causes a Stir

This Halloween, ‘have your child step into their Jewish heritage…[and] save the world the only way he knows how, by dressing as his favorite army man!’

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Brothers-and Sisters-in Arms

The 75th Anniversary of the Palmach, the elite forces of the Haganah

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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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How I Lost My Family in the Last Gaza War

This is the story of an IDF fleece jacket, and a broken back

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An Ode to Beards in the IDF

The Yankees of armies will regulate its soldiers’ facial fuzz—a hirsute joy—on July 1

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Remember Gaza?

A visit to Gaza City, for the latest from Hamas, Fatah, Benjamin Netanyahu—and Marine Le Pen

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We Are the Jews of Isla Mujeres

A tiny island off Cancún in the Mexican Yucatán is the modern Jewish world in microcosm

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Yom Hazikaron for Veterans

In Israel, where everyone’s a soldier, Memorial Day is about the living as well as the dead

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‘Zero Motivation’ Satirizes Life in the IDF

Young female soldiers battle office work and boredom in dark comedy

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Film Offers Grunt’s-Eye View of IDF Life

Beneath the Helmet shows the physical and emotional trials of basic training

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Letter From an IDF Soldier in Gaza

‘None of us wanted war, but when Israel was under attack we were proud to be able to defend the country we love’

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LA Memorial for U.S.-Born IDF Soldier Killed in Gaza Draws 1,000

Max Steinberg, 24, was killed in July during gunfire with Hamas in Gaza City

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NYC Jeweler’s Tribute to Slain IDF Soldiers

Boutique’s front window lists Israeli soldiers killed in recent Gaza operation

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Ceasefire Holding Between Israel and Hamas

All Israeli military personnel have withdrawn from the Gaza Strip

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Did the U.N. Call on Israel to Share Iron Dome With Hamas?

No, what it actually said was even more outrageous

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Birthrighters Banned From IDF Soldiers’ Funerals

Program CEO fears American visitors just won’t get it

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Hero IDF Commander in Gaza Isn’t Jewish

Druze leader of Golani brigade returns to unit after being wounded by rocket

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What Slate Got Wrong About Birthright and Max Steinberg’s Death

Placing blame for an IDF casualty on a free trip to Israel is irresponsible

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Aviation Ban Isolates Israel as Casualties Mount

Third Israeli civilian killed in rocket attack; Palestinian death count passes 600

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Nine Arrested in NYC at Jewish Protest of Gaza Operation

Civil disobedience act targeted the Friends of the IDF office in Times Square

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