The answer, according to the IDF, is yes
As the Knesset debates conscription for Haredim, some teens are already leaving their community to serve
Eytan Fox’s brilliant new film Yossi makes gay love into something much more powerful
It’s a full-on a double rainbow!
Recent events stoke fears of broader violence, Third Intifada
Tamir Goodman’s tzitzit project has a market
Plus hundred of Jewish tombstones recovered in Greece after long search
Plus Jacob Ostreicher finally released by Bolivia
Once-maligned Labor politician Amir Peretz explains how he saw what many decorated generals did not
In Sweden, a respected magazine is reviving the canard that the IDF plundered the organs of Palestinians
A new movie and book shed light on the effect of Israel’s military presence in the West Bank on its soldiers
Desperate for news of a ceasefire, but true resolution seems nowhere in sight
Young Israeli soldiers have pushed older commanders into adopting a more aggressive social media strategy
As rockets rain down on Israel, an Atlanta JCC bans Peter Beinart. When did we become so narrow-minded?
Bloomberg issues statement on Operation Pillar of Defense
The ambassador talks Operation Pillar of Defense, ‘monumental threats’
The name of the IDF operation references a famous midrash
Mori Rothman is in jail for publicly refusing to serve in the IDF
I have a lot in common with the conscientious objector. So, why can’t I stomach his decision to avoid IDF service?
Bucking convention in his village, Yousef Juhja sent three sons to the IDF—and one paid the ultimate price
In Fortress Israel, journalist Patrick Tyler argues that the country’s warrior ethos impedes Mideast peace
Plus Canadian severs ties with Iran, kicks out diplomats
Where the Jackals Howl, Amos Oz’s newly reissued 1965 story collection, questions the virtues of toughness
After losing his eyesight serving in the Israeli Army, Zohar Sharon won the world championship for blind golf
Plus, Syria’s prime minister defects to Jordan
A new school in Ariel is funded by the state, even though it doesn’t fall under Israeli jurisdiction
Israel should abandon its plan to make the ultra-Orthodox join the army and give them all jobs instead
To a volunteer from New York in an IDF paratrooper unit, the rockets fired from Gaza last week felt like war
An IDF soldier, whose job is to comfort families of fallen soldiers, was also there for me
My Israeli roommate and I both grew up reed-thin. The implications for him as a soldier are far more profound.