Independence Day is doubly special for the legendary refusenik Natan Sharansky and his family. He sits down for a wide-ranging interview about his wife Avital, love among Jewish people, and the promise of freedom.
The Soviet refusenik recalls the politics that led to the founding of the Helsinki Group 40 years ago today
Few details are known about the covert operation, which successfully led 19 Yemeni Jews to Israel. One of them, a rabbi, brought a 500-year-old Torah scroll with him.
The refusenik Natan Sharansky and his daughter find inspiration for their exodus in this week’s parasha
As a prisoner on a hunger strike, the refusenik managed to celebrate The Festival of Lights in a Soviet gulag
Through Genesis awards, former NY mayor grants “ideas that would measurably better people’s lives”
Natan Sharansky remembers his ‘loyal and dependable friend,’ Jewish refusenik and leader, who died yesterday
New novel ‘The Betrayers’ boldly places at its center the most famous refusenik and all he represents for Soviet Jewry
How the new structure advances the debate over prayer at the Western Wall
The problem is that the problems will likely continue
Plus Bibi signs off on Sharansky’s new plan for the Western Wall
The Jewish Agency chief promises that no arrests will be made
Nefesh b’Nefesh stages its biggest coup yet
Twenty-five years ago today, a rally of 250,000 people changed the fate of Jews worldwide. An oral history.
The successful movement to save Soviet Jewry offers some valuable lessons for Iranian Americans seeking democracy in the Islamic Republic
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
Plus, Iranian nukes, Noah Baumbach on Noah (as in Ark), and more
Ron Dermer, a Florida-born Jew who started in politics working on the 1994 Republican Revolution, is Benjamin Netanyahu’s most influential aide.
Plus, Sharansky on Bonner, Bachman on Benedikt, and more
Plus Oren stands up for Israel, and more in the news
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.
Today on Tablet
In his memoir, the famous refusenik remembered celebrating Hanukkah in the Soviet Gulag
Yuli Edelstein, Israel’s minister of Public Affairs and the Diaspora, says Russian Jews, contrary to belief, vote with the Israeli mainstream
In Gal Beckerman’s telling, the story of the Soviet Jewry movement becomes one of modern Jewish history’s great dramas
Gal Beckerman recalls the Struggle for Soviet Jewry, which reinvigorated a tradition of Jewish political engagement
Plus bin Laden cites Israel, Bibi claims ‘eternal’ settlements, and more in the news
And Sharansky checkmates boxer Salita
Plus, Harvard Holocaust denial and Sharansky on that ad
Good reasons for low hopes in the Mideast, and more in the news