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?

PepsiCo Says It’s Not Buying SodaStream

Denies reports they’re in talks to buy the Israeli company for $2 billion

How Plato and Aristotle Help Us Understand the Tyranny of Bashar al-Assad

Today’s upheaval in the Arab world has antecedents in past revolutions. So, why are the lessons lost on U.S. policymakers?

Comedian Jackie Mason—Who Turns 82 Sunday—Is Still Really, Really Funny

But in an in-depth interview with Tablet Magazine, he also gets serious about Israel, anti-Semitism, and why Italians love him

Sundown: Bulgaria Not Blaming Hezbollah

Plus what the ‘knaidel’ debate says about us, poverty in Israel, and more

Extinct Frog Found in Israel is a Living Fossil

The hula painted frog, discovered in 2011, has no living amphibian relatives

Before the Revolution Explores the Sheltered Fantasy Lives Led by Israelis in Iran

Dan Shadur talks about his new documentary about life under the Shah, and his parents’ golden years in Tehran

The Rock Star’s Guide to Eating, Praying, and Loving in the High Security State of Israel

Why Justin Bieber, Elton John, Madonna, and, yes, Alicia Keys, love to play Tel Aviv—and why Israel loves them back

What We’ve Learned from the St. Louis

Talking to survivors and thinking about Israel’s recent immigration decision

Sundown: Shteyngart on Shteyngart

Plus a New Jersey Nazi and the furor about the Stephen Hawking furor

Israel Beats Honduras in Soccer Match

The two countries played a friendly game at Citi Field this weekend

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.

Israel to Fund Non-Orthodox Rabbis

Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Minister of Religious Affairs, proposes reform to fund community-selected rabbis—including non-Orthodox.

Officials Deny Assad Received Russian Missiles

Others speculate on what might happen if the powerful weapons arrive

Do You Have Bad Taste in Music?

An Israeli app will hopefully make that problem obsolete

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