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The Pfefferman Pfroblem

The fourth season of ‘Transparent’ poses a real conundrum: Why are these people so awful?

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The Stamp Collector

A philatelist passes on his little square markers of love and loss to his daughter

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John V. Lindsay Builds a Sukkah

How a liberal mayor learned to embrace Jews’ international and cultural concerns to court their vote, and changed New York City politics

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Against Faux-Feminists Who Deny the Rights of Muslim Women and Jews

Why today’s postmodern postcolonial feminism avoids the true front lines of the battle for women’s rights

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How Israel Got Universal Health Care 20 Years Ago, and Why It’s Working

Government-regulated competition, legislation that largely excludes the courts, and a ‘social lobby’ that backed even neo-liberal economic policy into covering 100 percent of the Jewish state’s citizens. Is there a lesson for the United States?

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Picture Books for Parents Who Are Ambivalent About Israel

How to teach children about the Jewish State without cheerleading for Israel

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Elisheva Bikhovsky, One of the Greatest Poets in the Modern Hebrew Language, Wasn’t Jewish

A casualty of a naïve belief in Israel’s potential to adopt a secular Hebrew culture beyond Judaism’s defining religious difference, the Russian-born writer was also revived as a feminist icon in the 1970s

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How Israel Went Nuclear

The father of Israel’s nuclear deterrent reveals how it was built. An exclusive excerpt from No Room For Small Dreams, Shimon Peres’ posthumous autobiography.

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‘Death in the Terminal’ Reveals the Collateral Corruption of Terrorism

A disturbing new documentary provokes necessary questions about the impact of terrorism on the terrorized, and what we should do about it

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Europe’s Destructive Holocaust Shame

How the narrative of Israel as the new Nazis and Palestinians as the new Jews helps Western Europe avoid its culpability in World War II

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An Israeli Drone Scandal Exposes Moral and Strategic Hazards of the Country’s Burgeoning Arms Trade

An Israeli drone manufacturer performed a “live demonstration” in the middle of a conflict zone

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Why I Learn in a Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv—and You Should Too

How a staunch secularist found substantive Jewish study in the heart of Israel’s sin city

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Obama’s Israel Ambassador: The Two-State Solution Remains the Best Option, But We Need to Plan in Case It Fails

American interests will be worse off without two states. But it’s time to consider how we might make the best of that bad situation.

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Conan O’Brien’s Whirlwind Tour of Israel is Exactly What You’d Expect—and That’s What Makes It So Fun

The comedian has hit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem by way of El-Al, and the results are predictably endearing, if entirely ordinary

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There is No Position on Israel That Absolves or Excuses Your Anti-Semitism

There’s something perverse about dismissing anti-Semitism concerns of Jews in the U.S. by explaining how much you like Jews when they’re 6,000 miles away

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A Beauty Queen Helps Israel’s Egyptian Community Find Its Voice

As many as 7,000 Egyptians live in the Jewish State, including one former Arab Miss Israel. Suspected by Cairo of being spies, they’re fighting for their rights.

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India’s New Crush on Israel

How did Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s July visit with Benjamin Netanyahu fit into the last quarter-century of Indo-Israeli relations?

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Harold Pinter’s Birthright Trip

Excerpts from Dame Antonia Fraser’s 1978 diary of her and the playwright’s trip to Israel reveal a dusty cosmopolitan land still finding its way in a changing world

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Peace With the Palestinians Was a Bust. Here’s What Israel Should Do Next.

‘While peace with Palestinians may be the preferable instrument for ridding Israel of its undesirable control over millions of Palestinians, it is not the ultimate goal of the Zionist enterprise. It is an instrument.’

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Israeli MKs Grapple with Life’s Great Mystery: Can Electricity Be Kosher?

How to avoid using power that comes from stations that work on Shabbat? Invent a new kind of strictly kosher grid, some haredi lawmakers say.

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A Killing in Amman Portends More Animosity Between Israel and Jordan

What began as a delivery of bedroom furniture may end up as a major diplomatic crisis

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Lebanese PM Saad Hariri Joins With Hezbollah to Con Donald Trump

Standing a few blocks from the White House, Lebanese delegation member Elias Bou Saab tweeted his support to Hezbollah ‘resisters.’ But the real problem is much, much worse.

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‘Transparent’ is Going to Israel

The trailer for the show’s fourth season, released today, shows the Pfeffermans visiting the Holy Land, get pushed around by haredi men, and whine in all-new locations

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North Korea Tested an ICBM. Iran Is Next.

‘Autocracies are less likely than democracies to sign international agreements and when they do, they are more likely to cheat. But we never seem to learn our lesson.’

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Trump Just Banned Transgender Soldiers, Claiming They Make Us Less Safe. Israel Begs to Differ.

Transgender people have served in the IDF since 2013, and the army covers the costs of reassignment surgery

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Introducing: The Metal Detectors of Islam

Simple security measures forbidden in Jerusalem are cool in Teheran, Damascus, and Cairo.

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Let Ethiopia’s Jewish Children Make Aliyah

I am only twelve years old. I do not understand why the Israeli government won’t let suffering Jewish children rejoin their families in Israel.

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As the Israeli Government Bans Same-Sex Adoptions, Likud’s Only Openly Gay MK Speaks UP

Threatening to vote against the government unless the decision is reversed, Amir Ohana nevertheless advocates looking at the bigger picture

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Eleven Years After the Second Lebanon War, Is Another Conflict Imminent?

Israel’s northern border has been quiet, but the upheaval in Syria may spiral into another show-down with Hezbollah

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IDF to Replace Llamas with Robots

A tribute to our forgotten fuzzy heroes

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