How Israel’s Military Success Erased the History of the Diaspora’s Jewish Warriors

A discussion with historian Derek Penslar about why their valor has been forgotten, even though it made the Jewish state possible

Israel’s Grittiest Founder

Yitzhak Shamir, who died Saturday, was maligned for his politics. But his bitter realism was prescient.

Netanyahu’s Influential Father Benzion Dies

102-year-old was eminent historian, fierce Revisionist Zionist

Shaping History

Painter Ward Shelley plays with the history of Judaism in ‘The People of the Book,’ a series of giant, whimsical flowcharts that tell a story

Three Lies

Filmmaker Pierre Sauvage and the daughter of Holocaust rescuer Peter Bergson talk about people who put their lives at risk to save others

Left For Dead

The Israeli left has collapsed in the last decade. But the right, despite its successes, is dying, too, brought down by Russian-imported maximalism and American-imported political consultants.

Dreams of Zion

A new book examines black, Jewish, and Irish quests for national redemption, identifying their century-old similarities but ignoring their more recent differences

Brittle Odessa

Cosmopolitan yet barbarous, Jew-filled and Jew-free, remote but central—a new history explores the Black Sea port city’s many contradictions

Divided Soul

A new biography examines the conflicting passions that animated the life and work of Dybbuk playwright S. An-sky

Abraham Cahan Speaks

On his 150th birthday, an imaginary interview with the founding editor of the ‘Jewish Daily Forward’

Zionist Princess

A new biography shines a light on Marie Syrkin

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