From smashing Google Glasses to rejecting peace talks, failing to understand natural rights is leading to some very dark places
Members of the Mimouna Club have made it their mission to learn about Jews and Jewish life as a way of learning about themselves
In his memoir ‘Positive,’ Michael Saag warns that our broken health care system is more dangerous than the AIDS epidemic
The cab-driving poet and his wife marched alone together in the Israel Day Parade
At the intersection of artifice and experience comes a beguiling fantasia on Jewish themes, ‘I Pity the Poor Immigrant’
Before writing a novel about the gangster’s immigrant yearnings, I went digging in the dark corners where he lived
My grandfather told me his hometown no longer existed. But I found it—and finally came to appreciate my own heritage.
My father used to share his harrowing childhood memories every year at the Seder. Now I make sure his memories will survive.
A universe of blogs has sprung up where issues of Jewish law and rabbinic authority are discussed in unprecedented ways
The latest round of Grad rockets from Gaza paralyzed much of southern Israel for days. It’s hard to imagine what Iranian Shihab missiles might do.
On Barak, the Palestinians, non-proliferation, and politics
Israeli historian weighs in on Newt Gingrich’s ‘invented’ remark
Critics of Israel say the state touts its gay-rights record only to conceal its oppression of Palestinians. They call it pinkwashing. That’s nonsense.
Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish created a poetry of martyrdom for his people—and a political coup for the idea of the nakba
Parts of the movement will likely discredit the whole
Plus West Bank riots, Occupy Judaism’s importance, and more
Hamas puts down protest following Syrian displacement of 10,000
Plus, Kristen Stewart’s dreidl, the Madoff divorce, and more
A Jewish democratic state by definition must have a Jewish majority. Political scientist Rebecca Steinfeld studies how Israel has from its earliest days sought to establish and maintain that majority.
Syrian regime has own use for ‘Nakba Day;’ 16 deaths reported
Plus great old photos of great old Jews, and more
In other news, someone should be fired for diplomatic malpractice
An IDF vet with ‘a great sense of discomfort about my own personal behavior’ when he patrolled the Occupied Territories now leads a group called Breaking the Silence dedicated to exposing the messy work of occupation
Israel and Jordan once worked together for peace. Now their alliance is collapsing, driven apart by the issue of refugee resettlement, and Jordan may be turning to Iran.
Beppe Grillo under fire for anti-government poem based on ‘If This Is a Man’
Funny or Die’s solution to gratuitous violence in movies: a menschy 007
Authorities discovered the trove, headed for Belgium, during a cargo search
Is his attack on Ben Brantley a star’s bruised ego or something more…artistic?
Rabbi Shalom Cohen has likened Modern Orthodox Jews to Amalek
The first Clinton grandchild is due later this year
Vaan Nguyen, child of Vietnamese refugees, is one of Israel’s rising stars
Leaflets telling Jews to register with authorities not actually from ‘authorities’
‘Hate speech’ charges stemmed from 2012 Rolling Stone interview
Liel Leibovitz, who has a new book out on the rock ’n’ roll poet, looks at how Cohen’s songs evolved from bleak to transcendent
Correspondence templates taught Jews both literacy and how to be modern. A new anthology shows their entertainment value.