The Moby-Dick author sought spiritual connection on an 1857 Holy Land trip. He found dust and rocks instead.
Israel fears a crisis in Egypt, but the U.S. remains calm. How did these allies come to see things so differently?
Why a quarter of a million people turned out to mourn Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv
Everything you need to know about Mitt’s visit (and more)
After 119 years, the windmill will turn again
Plus Peres warns about settlements’ consequences, and more
On some Israeli buses, only men sit in the front. With the law on their side, some women are fighting back.
Birthright made insane demands on our time, but showed us how to make the most of a day
Our Israel tour guide first seemed an IDF G.I. Joe. He turned out to be like a football coach: tough but righteous.
Shabbat in the shadow of the Knesset prompts political reflection
A Tableteer explains why she’s taking the plunge, along with a dozen others on the bus
Upheaval in Egypt and Libya has led to widespread looting—and the plunder is being sold on the Israeli market
Plus the problem with the new Arabic Talmud, and more
Plus Eisner slapped on wrist, the lawyer behind the lawsuits, and more
Jerusalem’s light-rail system was designed in part to force Arabs and Jews to interact. Now that it’s running, commuters share one thing: discontent.
The Auschwitz survivor known as Ka-Tzetnik 135633 wrote lurid novels derided as pornography when they were published. Now he’s Israel’s Elie Wiesel.
Thousands of Israeli Arabs are moving into Jewish towns seeking affordable housing and better quality of life. A warm welcome rarely awaits them.
Plus what the Syrian rebels should do next, and more in the news
Rules that federal judiciary may mediate Congress-president feud
The view from our window
Joseph Cedar’s Footnote pits a Talmudic scholar against his academic son in a tale equal parts midrash, riddle, and Israeli political tragedy
Stream of incidents in East Jerusalem, West Bank over the weekend
Director Joseph Cedar on Orthodox Judaism, The Social Network, and the nightmare scenario behind his latest Academy Award-nominated film
Plus Ed Koch presides over his bridge, and more
The road to marriage churns up an unusual conundrum: What happens when you fall for the matchmaker—not the match?
In March, we’re going to have a daughter in Israel, our chosen home. But recent events have us doubting if this is the best place to raise her.
Plus Christie is the top bridesmaid, 100 Jewish films visually, and more
Gingrich makes same promise as … Bush