A Support System for Israeli Soldiers, and for Us

An IDF soldier, whose job is to comfort families of fallen soldiers, was also there for me

The Stakes of Being Skinny

My Israeli roommate and I both grew up reed-thin. The implications for him as a soldier are far more profound.

Talking to a 20-Year-Old IDF Spokeswoman

The Haifa native explains why she decided to come on Birthright

Meet Tal, a 19-Year-Old Soldier

The Tel Aviv native talks nineties T.V.with an American participant.

Birthright Israel: Day One

In which we crawl in caves and eat lunch at a gas station. Next up: Ben Gurion’s grave.

Tablet Is Going to Israel

Birthright Israel will take 40,000 young Jews on a free trip to the Jewish state this year. We’re joining them.

Haaretz Journalist Indicted

Uri Blau faces up to seven years in prison for having classified IDF documents

Sundown: The Model Is a Spy

Plus Eisner slapped on wrist, the lawyer behind the lawsuits, and more

IDF Vets Fight for Better P.R.

Tired of being portrayed as ‘bloodthirsty murderers,’ three former infantrymen launch a website to help improve the image of Israel’s military

Flying Two Flags

American veterans of the Israeli army face alienation from their peers in both countries. A group called Aluf Stone gives them a place to belong.

Iran Around Tel Aviv

A writer born in the capital of Holocaust denial tours the Jewish state as the cold war between Iran and Israel is about to get hot

Innocents Abroad

Advice for vacationing Israeli soldiers

The Avengers

Michael Kohlhaas, a 19th-century novella by Heinrich von Kleist, reminds the Israeli and U.S. right that lust for vengeance is a terrible idea

Mixed Marriage

The Israeli government wants to lure expats back home with provocative ads. For one American Jew and her Israeli-born husband, it’s a false promise.

Rules of Engagement

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

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