Daniel Gordis examines the legacy of the Israeli statesman who fled the Holocaust, fought the Mandate, and made peace with Egypt
Purim reminds us it’s unusual for Jews to indulge in recreational boozing—one reason Polish nobles liked having them run taverns
In Lahore a Facebook group dedicated to atheists and agnostics serves a silent minority in the world’s other religious nation-state
Yet another difficult internal and ancient debate that modern Jews are unlikely to resolve
Dudu Tassa immerses himself in the Arabic music of his late grandfather and reinterprets it for modern audiences
Peter and Martine Halban run England’s most cosmopolitan and finely curated Jewish and Middle Eastern-themed literary press
In recent novels, sermons, and Bible-study guides, evangelicals and mainline Protestants alike find inspiration in the biblical tale
Why read the Talmud as a secular Jew? In part, for its expression of an independent Jewish creativity and spirituality.
We publish a comic holiday newsletter for our friends. Recently it started to feel like work, until I learned the meaning of ‘mitzvah.’
Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah is more than a ‘mover and shaker’
Plus Syrian unrest unrests Lebanon, and more in the news
Lebanon’s Party of God is feeling heat from certain Shiites, who aren’t eager to serve as human shields again
Plus anti-Semitism at the CIA, and more in the news
I went to Syria to photograph the rebellion. But when the army took aim at the village where I was staying, I escaped to Turkey with 100 refugees.
Lebanon’s Maronites, threatened by Sunni power, will be the bellwether of the Mideast’s Christians. Could they face the same fate as the region’s Jews?
Plus tension in Lebanon, Iranian provocation, and more in the news
But might reliance on cocaine trade, backing of Assad also hurt the group?
Plus tightening of vise around Iran and Syria, and more
Plus it’s Britain’s Iranian embassy’s turn to be stormed, and more in the news
And the Dead Sea experiences shrinkage
Plus Lebanon backs, Congress threatens U.N., and more in the news
With the Arab Spring shaking the Middle East’s status quo, a new regional order is being born. As the recent attacks in Eilat and Be’er Sheva show, Israel is likely to pay a price.
Plus, the new Sinai, and more in the news
Which is something Israel should probably welcome
As the 91-year-old Yiddish theater star embarks on a Purim cabaret show, we revisit his appearance on Vox Tablet