Melville in Jerusalem

The Moby-Dick author sought spiritual connection on an 1857 Holy Land trip. He found dust and rocks instead.

The Israeli-American Divide

Israel fears a crisis in Egypt, but the U.S. remains calm. How did these allies come to see things so differently?

A One-Man Supreme Court

Why a quarter of a million people turned out to mourn Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv

All Eyes on Mitt

Everything you need to know about Mitt’s visit (and more)

Yemin Moshe Windmill Back on the Grind

After 119 years, the windmill will turn again

Sundown: Top U.S. Diplomats Heading for Israel

Plus Peres warns about settlements’ consequences, and more

Israel’s Freedom Riders

On some Israeli buses, only men sit in the front. With the law on their side, some women are fighting back.

The Longest Days I’ve Ever Had

Birthright made insane demands on our time, but showed us how to make the most of a day

On Birthright, Our Zionist Coach

Our Israel tour guide first seemed an IDF G.I. Joe. He turned out to be like a football coach: tough but righteous.

Seventy-Two Hours in Jerusalem

Shabbat in the shadow of the Knesset prompts political reflection

I’m Getting Bat Mitzvahed on Birthright

A Tableteer explains why she’s taking the plunge, along with a dozen others on the bus

Mideast Antiques Roadshow

Upheaval in Egypt and Libya has led to widespread looting—and the plunder is being sold on the Israeli market

Sundown: Romney and the Jewish Vote

Plus the problem with the new Arabic Talmud, and more

Sundown: The Model Is a Spy

Plus Eisner slapped on wrist, the lawyer behind the lawsuits, and more

Taken for a Ride in Jerusalem

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.

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