Tal Kra-Oz is a writer based in Tel Aviv.
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Crossing the Green Line

In a new documentary, a secular Tel Avivian moves to the West Bank and provides a curious, humane lens on life in a settlement

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Tribute to an Exile

A new documentary on the life and work of composer Artur Schnabel who tried to escape his Jewishness  before fleeing Germany ahead of Hitler

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A Modern Israeli Take Revives the Spirit of ‘The Dybbuk’

Israel’s Gesher theater company gives the classic tale of religious spirits a modern psychological turn

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The Jewish Soul of American Musicals

Born 100 years ago today, Alan Jay Lerner of Lerner and Loewe wrote classic American musicals like ‘Camelot’ and ‘My Fair Lady,‘ whose Jewish themes are not always obvious

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At the Jerusalem Film Festival, Cinematic Portraits of King Bibi

From his role in curbing the Oslo Accords to his public-speaking prowess, the prime minister gives filmmakers fodder

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Jerusalem Film Festival Opens Amid Political Turmoil

It’s filmmakers versus the Minister of Culture in a struggle for the future of Israeli cinema

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Israel vs. Netflix

A new law, possibly the first of its kind in the world, may require streaming video services to obtain a government permit

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Israeli Supreme Court Justice’s Compassionate Remarks to Sexual-Assault Victim Go Viral

‘There is no reason for you to assume a pinch—not even an ounce—of guilt or shame’

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A Jukebox Musical Ignites Israeli Culture War

Is Eyal Golan, a popular singer recently embroiled in a sex scandal, a villain or a victim?

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Israeli Chief Rabbi Calls African-Americans ‘Monkeys’

And now it’s up to us to show him the full extent of our disdain and disgust

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In Israel, Imagining Arthur Miller’s ‘Crucible’ in a West Bank Settlement

A new production of the classic play feels painfully contemporary

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Bibi Agonistes

What’s behind Netanyahu’s fresh legal troubles?

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Make Way for Another Wonder Woman: Israeli Actress Shiri Maimon Is Headed to Broadway

In Tel Aviv, she was Evita. On the Great White Way, she’ll soon be Roxie Hart.

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On Stage in London, ‘The Twilight Zone’ Shines in All Its Jewish Glory

Rod Serling’s outsider worldview continues to guide and inspire, across decades and media

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David Grossman Joins Musical Supergroup in a Rock n’ Roll Commentary on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The award-winning novelist reflects on war, peace, freedom, and loss

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Jerusalem Film Festival Opens, Offering a Bit of Sanity in a City on Edge

From surfing in Gaza to the New Wave in France, plenty of offerings help Israelis escape reality for a spell

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Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut by Watching This Rock Opera About Theodor Herzl

Long before ‘Hamilton’ there was ‘King of the Jews,’ an Israeli production in which the Zionist visionary sings, dances, and even raps

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Oslo on Broadway

Playwright J.T. Rogers talks about the deputies’ deputies who allow him to tell a complicated diplomatic story, why the play resonates today, and why the 1990s seems so very long ago now

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Shimon Peres Laid to Rest in Jerusalem

Foreign leaders—and the entire state of Israel—mourned the loss of one of the great leaders of the 20th century

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Shai Tsabari Storms the Heavens, From Bat Yam to New York

The Israeli singer, with his Middle East Groove All Stars, is worth catching in performance on a rare U.S. trip this week

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Lessons, Reflections, and Responsibility: The Second Lebanon War

Amir Peretz, Tzipi Livni, and Danny Halutz—active members of the Israeli government during the 2006 Lebanon War—spoke at a conference in Tel Aviv marking 10 years since the conflict

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Tarantino Steals the Show at Jerusalem Film Festival

A dispatch from the 33rd annual Jerusalem Film Festival, where Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Julieta’ took in cheers and Israel’s Culture Minister Miri Regev heard jeers

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Thousands Host Intimate Gatherings to Commemorate the Holocaust in Israel

The organization Zikaron Basalon helps facilitate tributes to the Shoah through song, testimony, and discussion

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Ehud Olmert Goes to Jail

The former Israeli Prime Minister will serve 19 months for bribery and obstruction of justice. Even so, his particular mold of leadership is sorely missed in the Israeli political spectrum today.

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Bream Gives Me Hiccups

Jesse Eisenberg talks about Woody Allen, Obama’s tailor, Jewish humor, and his new collection of funny short stories

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British Scientist Rosalind Franklin Gets the Star Treatment in ‘Photograph 51’

Anna Ziegler’s play features Nicole Kidman as Franklin, whose research was instrumental in the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure

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Natalie Portman Adapts Amos Oz to the Screen

A dispatch from the Israeli premiere of ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness.’

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Brothers-and Sisters-in Arms

The 75th Anniversary of the Palmach, the elite forces of the Haganah

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The Spy Who Bent a Million Spoons

Israeli mentalist Uri Geller’s mind-over-matter philosophy of life

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