How Not to Talk Politics

When I  lectured my friends about Obama’s stance on Israel, I ended up alienatingnot enlighteningthem

Blowing Up the King David Hotel

Sunday marks the anniversary of the 1946 attack on the British. My 91-year-old grandfather helped carry it out.

Songs of Desert Wanderers

I was drawn to Mali’s nomads and their musical pleas for a homeland, until they allied with Islamists

How Birthright Changed Us

A trip to Israel connected participants to our Jewishness. But it didn’t make us more politically engaged.

Zionism, After Miss Porter’s

After an anti-Semitic incident at boarding school, I denied being Jewish for years. Israel is changing things.

Why the Jews Aren’t in Uganda

Israel as our homeland because our ancestors were here. No religion required.

Vidal Sassoon, Streetfighter

The famed hairdresser, who died Wednesday, fought against British fascists and then for Israel’s independence

The Face of Mideast Feminism

The Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy is being smeared as an imperialist for calling out gender apartheid in the Mideast. She’s dead right.

Regina Spektor’s Immigrant Aid

The Russian-Jewish indie star headlines a benefit for HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, an aging philanthropy seeking new attention

Winning the War

As Israel Apartheid Week returns to college campuses across the country, how should supporters of Israel fight the battle for hearts and minds?

Gilded

The literary journal Di Goldene Keyt nurtured Yiddish writers in Israel and the Diaspora—and made an author in Baltimore dream

Arguing the World

In his last book, the late intellectual Tony Judt is sharp as ever—offering biting comments about American Jews, Israel, and his ex-wives

Keep the Faith

The battered Israeli left can advance its agenda only if it learns to stop fearing religion and embrace the notion of the Chosen People

Useful Fiction

Newt Gingrich says the Palestinians are an “invented people.” They are, like many others in the Middle East. It’s a useful myth the U.S. must support.

Whole in One

Two recent books consider whether Jewishness is a religion, a culture, a race, or some combination of the three. The answer may be none of the above.

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