The backlash against a finance minister’s recent remarks exposes a weakness in Germany’s embrace of their unique legacy
From smashing Google Glasses to rejecting peace talks, failing to understand natural rights is leading to some very dark places
Members of the Mimouna Club have made it their mission to learn about Jews and Jewish life as a way of learning about themselves
As the NBA playoffs begin, a new book revives the big stars, drugs, sex, and rivalries of Magic Johnson’s 1980s basketball dynasty
The cab-driving poet and his wife marched alone together in the Israel Day Parade
At the intersection of artifice and experience comes a beguiling fantasia on Jewish themes, ‘I Pity the Poor Immigrant’
Video: The former Soviet republic’s Jewish history dates back millennia. This simple recipe is one of the community’s treasures.
My grandfather told me his hometown no longer existed. But I found it—and finally came to appreciate my own heritage.
My father used to share his harrowing childhood memories every year at the Seder. Now I make sure his memories will survive.
Plus, Hezbollah gets feistier, Weiner’s district, and more in the news
Recently discovered gas and oil fields could make Israel one of the world’s largest energy producers. That threatens Iran’s power, which is why its agents in Lebanon are manufacturing a border dispute.
U.N. flotilla report delayed again so that negotiations can continue
With school out for summer, U.S. teachers head to Israel
Plus lawyers in Kletzky case tease insanity defense, and more in the news
For kids growing up in Israel in the 1970s and 1980s, before cable TV and video games, summer meant apricots and the apricot-pit game called gogoim, mindless child’s play with political overtones
In Israel, where abortion hasn’t been the wedge issue it has in the United States, tensions are building between secular traditions and religious groups, which want to increase the Jewish birthrate
An exhibit in Tel Aviv surveys the changes in Israeli history, and the nation’s self-perception, through the once-popular medium of decorative dolls
At a book festival in Sicily, admiring a tranquil lifestyle and remembering a father’s bedtime stories about drunks and prostitutes, based on his time spent Irgun gun-running at Italy’s southern tip
Plus Jewish summer camps get their frack on, free Turkish circumcisions, and more
Obama’s unsuccessful foreign policy in the Mideast is based not on idealism or realpolitik but anti-colonialism, a legacy of the collapse of the European empires
The American Academy in Jerusalem will welcome its inaugural class of fellows this fall. The four artists—plus founder Elise Bernhardt, of the Foundation for Jewish Culture—talk about the program.
Plus, remembering Yoni Netanyahu, and more
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In his memoir ‘Positive,’ Michael Saag warns that our broken health care system is more dangerous than the AIDS epidemic
Liel Leibovitz, who has a new book out on the rock ’n’ roll poet, looks at how Cohen’s songs evolved from bleak to transcendent
Correspondence templates taught Jews both literacy and how to be modern. A new anthology shows their entertainment value.