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America Makes a U-Turn in the Middle East

Obama’s long game is a complete restructuring of the balance of power in the region—but with what results?

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The Gertrude Stein of Anglo-Jewish Jerusalem

Can poet Linda Zisquit keep the enlightenment ideal of the salon alive in Israel?

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Hey, Obama, Israel Wants the Iran Treatment, Too!

Instead of labeling goods made in the West Bank, how about a few billions in the bank?

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Shoot the Messenger?

Dan Shapiro delivered some inconvenient truths that Bibi didn’t want to hear. Here’s why Israel should listen.

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Identity Politics on the Court, Part 2

‘David Blatt is a reminder that when you invoke one form of Jewish identity you, to some degree, invoke them all’

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Besties

How Moshe Dayan’s wife and Yasser Arafat’s mother-in-law became bosom buddies, and other unlikely tales of friendship

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Identity Politics on the Court

‘Where does David Blatt end and Jewishness begin?’

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Right to Debate: Hillel’s ‘Israel Guidelines’ Cause a Stir

Students and prominent academics are speaking out against Hillel International’s guidelines that police conversations about Israel on campus. Their concerns are legitimate, and Hillel should reformulate its divisive policies.

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‘Rabin, The Last Day’ Makes Oliver Stone’s ‘JFK’ Look Stone-Cold Sober

Amos Gitai’s polemical new documentary—opening in U.S. theaters Friday—on the 1995 assassination that rocked Israel sacrifices facts in favor of sensation

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When Jewish Terrorists Need a Good Lawyer, Better Call Adi Keidar

The defense attorney says he works to protect the law and due process in Israel, not the violent ideology of his clients

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Israel: High on Power, Low on Adventure

Sure-fire findings from a ‘best countries’ poll by ‘U.S. News & World Report’

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Lord Gaga of Batsheva

Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s new language of modern dance

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New Report Finds Israelis Waste Obscene Amount of Food Each Year

A study from a food rescue non-profit says that Israeli household toss nearly 200 lbs. of food each year

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National LGBTQ Task Force Reinvites Jewish and Israeli Groups To Conference

Rep. Jared Polis and Roberta Kaplan—the lawyer who invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act—headlined the progressive protest against the ejection of Israel’s premier gay rights organization from a major LGBTQ conference

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Writer Transforms Ottoman-Era Akko Home Into Artists’ Retreat

Arabesque, a project by Evan Fallenberg, aims to create a dynamic space for visitors, artists, and locals

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Why Israel’s President Talks to Obama, but Not to Netanyahu

Reuven Rivlin’s visit to Washington last month may say more about the Jewish state’s political infighting than its foreign policy

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Embrace the Ivrit

The Academy of the Hebrew Language has released a new set of words intended to help Israelis lean less on English. Will it catch on?

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A Jewish ISIS Rises in the West Bank

They reject modern political states and their institutions. They want to return to an imagined earlier era of religious order. They are extreme, fundamentalist, and violent. What separates so-called Hilltop Youth from young Jihadis?

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Israeli Boy—A Story

‘I too, was willingly sent to serve in the army. It was both sad and funny.’

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Israeli Debate Teams Achieve Record Showing at World University Championship

Israel showed that it is well on its way to becoming a debating powerhouse after breaking through against native English-speaking teams

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Stop Worrying About Israel

The Jewish State ‘has never been in a better strategic position than where it is today’

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The Age of the Terror Selfie

At a lonely army outpost in 1994, Israel was shown the difference between radicals and fanatics—and between soldiers and storytellers. But the West didn’t learn.

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Aliyah Numbers Rise, but Majority Coming From Just Three Countries

New data from The Jewish Agency reveals that 70 percent of Olim came from France, Russia, and Ukraine in 2015. What does this mean for immigration to Israel in the long run?

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Israel’s ‘Wedding of Hate’ Should Shock, But Not Surprise

Read Tablet’s 2011 exposé on the hilltop youth movement that spawned Israel’s radical right wedding

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After 70 Years, the United Nations Recognizes Yom Kippur as an Official Holiday

One of America’s most prominent anti-Israel activists claimed that recognizing the Jewish holiday would ‘increase global anti-Jewish sentiment’

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Amichai: the Tolerant Irony of Israel’s National Poet

A ‘wonderful’ new collection of Yehuda Amichai’s verse shows the poet’s profound resilience—and the weight of his ghosts

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In the Footsteps of Martin Luther and Jesus

The German and Israeli tourism bureaus are marketing ‘spiritual tours’ to celebrate 50 years since the countries have had diplomatic relations

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Israel and Turkey Restore Diplomatic Relations

Ankara and Jerusalem have cut a deal, as Israel will pay $20 million to the families of the Turkish citizens killed in Gaza flotilla in 2010; more

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The Most Israeli Address: Herzl 48

Israel Story’s first live show takes us from a phone operator in Kiryat Shmona to a Hebrew Israelite choir in Dimona

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