David Bezmozgis’ Brilliant Alt-History of an Adulterous Sharansky Who Never Was

New novel ‘The Betrayers’ boldly places at its center the most famous refusenik and all he represents for Soviet Jewry

The View From the Kotel’s Egalitarian Plaza

How the new structure advances the debate over prayer at the Western Wall

Court Ruling Makes Sharansky Kotel Plan Moot

The problem is that the problems will likely continue

Daybreak: Syria’s Got Some Nerve (Gas)

Plus Bibi signs off on Sharansky’s new plan for the Western Wall

Sharansky Defends Women’s Prayer at Kotel

The Jewish Agency chief promises that no arrests will be made

Breaking: President Obama to Make Aliyah

Nefesh b’Nefesh stages its biggest coup yet

How We Freed Soviet Jewry

Twenty-five years ago today, a rally of 250,000 people changed the fate of Jews worldwide. An oral history.

Solidarity

The successful movement to save Soviet Jewry offers some valuable lessons for Iranian Americans seeking democracy in the Islamic Republic

Moving On

The movement to free Gilad Shalit, the long-captive IDF soldier soon coming home, was a necessary precursor to this summer’s protests in Israel

Sundown: Assad Threatens Israeli Cities

Plus, Iranian nukes, Noah Baumbach on Noah (as in Ark), and more

Bibi’s Brain: Meet Ron Dermer, Israel’s new ambassador to the U.S.

Ron Dermer, a Florida-born Jew who started in politics working on the 1994 Republican Revolution, is Benjamin Netanyahu’s most influential aide.

Sundown: Tearing Down the Bil’in Wall

Plus, Sharansky on Bonner, Bachman on Benedikt, and more

Sundown: A Unified Palestine?

Plus Oren stands up for Israel, and more in the news

Dissonance

Yigal Amir assassinated Yitzhak Rabin 15 years ago in an effort to derail the Oslo peace accords. Now his wife, a Russian émigré, is trying to turn him into a heroic Soviet-style political prisoner.

Harder Than Your Hanukkah

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