The group has maintained an uneasy status quo despite losing key allies in Tehran, Damascus, and Cairo
Last week’s assassination of Hezbollah commander Hassan Laqqis in Beirut was a taste of what may come
Thanks to the Internet, Jerusalem seems closer than ever—but thanks to her government’s policy, remains out of reach
Sefi Rivlin, the iconic Israeli comedian who died earlier this month, revolutionized the country’s political scene
A newly published collection reminds that grotesque images of Jews were routinely mailed by ordinary people around the world
In the late 1950s, the Jewish department store mogul salvaged Chanel’s reputation—and burnished his own
Synagogues are full and kosher restaurants abound as liberal immigrants, Orthodox singles, and secular Jews come together
An ancient principle of Judaism, debated at length in the Oral Law, is that it is a sin to count Jews—or is it?
My family’s history gave me a pedigree as a Jewish New Yorker—until a visit revealed how quickly the past disappeared
Plus Claire Danes and Dustin Hoffman talk Homeland, and more in the news
In André Aciman’s new Harvard Square, an Egyptian-born Jew and a Tunisian Muslim meet their limits
Amateur chef Rafram Chaddad discovered the wonders of Libyan cuisine in an unlikely place: behind bars
Plus Ellis Island still remains closed after Hurricane Sandy
The monarch studied the Arab Spring and created a savvy plan to quell demonstrators without mass violence
They say democracies make good neighbors. For Israel these days, it doesn’t seem so straightforward.
The Salafis, Sunni Islamic extremists, are at least opposed to the most dangerous U.S. adversaries, the Shiites
As hopes fade for an Arab Spring, the country where it all started remains sunny—but for how long?
A Hamas official’s visit to Tunisia prompts an anti-Semitic demonstration—and soul-searching about the treatment of Jews in North Africa
A Tunisia-born Jew and French officer who fought the Berbers in Algeria pioneered the counterinsurgency warfare still used in Iraq and Afghanistan
U.S. policymakers fear a “Shia crescent,” a regional alliance led by Iran. A dawning “Muslim Brotherhood crescent” is far more threatening.
Egypt captured Israeli-American Ilan Grapel to generate popular support among the volatile anti-Western middle class at home
That was the half-year that was, on The Scroll
The Arab Spring is liberating a generation from repressive political institutions, but the intellectual legacies of the regimes they are helping topple may be tougher to shake
The renewed violence in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict may be tied to the wave of unrest in the Arab world—as a distraction meant to lure the U.S. back to a failed peace process
Watch the snowfall in the Old City on “The Kotel Cam”
URJ’s 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy has robotics, video game design, and more
The American-Israeli economist’s name has been floated for other gigs
Fox’s popular otherwordly TV show borrows some familiar Judaic lore
We’re pretty sure Jews didn’t write this one
Plus 58 cases of measles among Hasidic Jews in 2013, and more in the news
Recep Erdoğan is condemned for missing tribute to South African leader
NYPD investigating assault on 22-year-old Taj Patterson as a hate crime
NPR’s Planet Money wants to reunite Jennifer with her bat mitzvah t-shirt
The lingering effects of his massive Ponzi scheme on a century-old youth group, a Boston philanthropist, and small investors
Does sexually graphic material help Jewish continuity? ‘Unclean Lips’ argues for the unseemliness of Bruce, Roth, and their ilk.
The composer of the beloved Hanukkah song ‘Ocho Kandelikas’ shares stories and melodies from her past