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Choosing

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

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Lights

Agenda: An I.B. Singer story set to klezmer, Lou Reed reads in Brooklyn, the Steins in Paris, Chagall in Ontario, and more

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From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Gingrich makes same promise as … Bush

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Seasonal

Agenda: The Phantom Tollbooth turns 50, Shoah in Chicago, Art! in Jerusalem, the comedian Jewmongous, and more

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Sundown: Egypt Civilian Gov’t Offers Resignation

Plus, when Brody met Allen, biking through Tel Aviv, and more

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Holy Trinity

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

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Off and Running

Agenda: A “Jew Wave” hits Lincoln Center, 3 Cohens play the Village Vanguard, Yiddishkeit in San Francisco, dance in Tel Aviv, and more

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Israeli Spring

Occupy Wall Street protesters insist their movement echoes this year’s Arab revolutions. A better analogue is the Tel Aviv tent-city protests.

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Summer Heat

The protests in Israel these last two months were nothing short of a revolution. But can the political hope continue through the fall chill?

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Instrumentals

Agenda: Leni Riefenstahl screens in Manhattan, I.L. Peretz revived in L.A., caricatures by David Levine at the Met, and more

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Two-Family Home

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

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Generation א

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.

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Hillel Brings Tent Movement to U.S. Colleges

Jewish student organization to start campus dialogues about Israel

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House Proud

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.

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In the Middle

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?

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The Method

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

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Suspicions

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

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Fare and Good

There are many ways a marriage can be tested. Inviting a strange cab driver into your home without informing your wife beforehand is one.

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Out of Place

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

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Dylan Plays Israel: A Suggested Setlist

Appropriate songs for his Tel Aviv gig

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Suggestion Box

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

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Unabsorbed

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.

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Sundown: Who Leaked the Palestine Papers?

Plus another Marty Peretz profile, and more

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Exodus

As southern Sudan votes on independence, Sudanese refugees working in the resorts of Eilat consider returning to their own promised land

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‘Filipinit’

For the Christmas spirit, Israelis look to their Filipino caregivers

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Tagged

In Israel, graffiti tells all sides of the story

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Message

The success of Subliminal, Israel’s most popular rapper, is a reflection of the Jewish state’s conservative moment

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Pen Pals

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.

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Design Within Reach

As he unveils a new line of affordable Judaica, architect Richard Meier reflects on his Jewishness

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Sundown: That Was the Week That Was

Plus anti-anti-Semitism at Yale, and more

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