When an 81-year-old novelist sued to become the first Jew in Israel officially labeled “without religion,” he didn’t realize he would start a movement
Agenda: An I.B. Singer story set to klezmer, Lou Reed reads in Brooklyn, the Steins in Paris, Chagall in Ontario, and more
Gingrich makes same promise as … Bush
Agenda: The Phantom Tollbooth turns 50, Shoah in Chicago, Art! in Jerusalem, the comedian Jewmongous, and more
Plus, when Brody met Allen, biking through Tel Aviv, and more
How a Jew, a WASP, and a Catholic found the perfect religious balance and made the Velvet Underground one of the greatest rock bands in history
Agenda: A “Jew Wave” hits Lincoln Center, 3 Cohens play the Village Vanguard, Yiddishkeit in San Francisco, dance in Tel Aviv, and more
Occupy Wall Street protesters insist their movement echoes this year’s Arab revolutions. A better analogue is the Tel Aviv tent-city protests.
The protests in Israel these last two months were nothing short of a revolution. But can the political hope continue through the fall chill?
Agenda: Leni Riefenstahl screens in Manhattan, I.L. Peretz revived in L.A., caricatures by David Levine at the Met, and more
The French ambassador to Israel’s distinctive residence in Jaffa tells the story of an unusual—and eventually ruptured—friendship between a Jewish Zionist architect and his Arab Muslim client
The Tel Aviv tent protesters say they speak for a nation demanding social justice. In truth, they’re entitled yuppies who’ve finally found something worth fighting for: themselves.
Jewish student organization to start campus dialogues about Israel
Protests against increasing housing prices in Israel shake the Netanyahu government. But in the tent cities erected as part of the campaign, the conversation is about civil society.
In the recent tent-city protests, middle-class Israelis took to the streets to protest a political system that ignores them. Without a clear message, will these demonstrations have any effect?
Moshe Feldenkrais took the lessons of judo and his experiences in the Haganah and applied them to a philosophy of movement and self-defense that is long on theory and precise about technique
This Week in Israel: Civil Defense simulates a two-front war, the Netanya gas explosion goes under review, cost-of-living concerns reach the Knesset, a former army bodyguard pleads his case, Labor adds to its ranks, and more
There are many ways a marriage can be tested. Inviting a strange cab driver into your home without informing your wife beforehand is one.
Thousands of Sudanese and Eritrean refugees, fleeing genocidal persecution and military conscription, are seeking asylum in Israel, which is struggling to manage and acclimate this influx
Appropriate songs for his Tel Aviv gig
A New York-based public-art group called Illegal Art took to the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to collect suggestions—any suggestions—from passers-by
Late last year Israel accepted what’s set to be the final wave of Ethiopian immigrants. But the country is still struggling to integrate the 120,000 who’ve arrived over the past three decades.
Plus another Marty Peretz profile, and more
As southern Sudan votes on independence, Sudanese refugees working in the resorts of Eilat consider returning to their own promised land
For the Christmas spirit, Israelis look to their Filipino caregivers
In Israel, graffiti tells all sides of the story
The success of Subliminal, Israel’s most popular rapper, is a reflection of the Jewish state’s conservative moment
David Grossman, Amos Oz, and A.B. Yehoshua have won international acclaim for being the intellectual leaders of Israel’s peace camp. It’s undeserved.
As he unveils a new line of affordable Judaica, architect Richard Meier reflects on his Jewishness
Plus anti-anti-Semitism at Yale, and more