Israel’s forgotten secular nationalist Hanukkah holiday was all about welcoming immigrants
Two European Jewish refugees helped remake the landscape of the possible through their friendship: One was the first prime minister of Israel, and the other was a Buddhist monk
New scholarship captures the fierce but failed attempt to dethrone Judaism’s preeminent biblical commentator
You think American politics is cutthroat?
When the ‘Genius of Soul’ sang ‘Hava Nagila’ with David Ben-Gurion
A lesson in ‘mamlachtiyut’
A former state archivist on the dispute over the first draft of the Declaration of Independence
Israeli Jews and diaspora Jews: one people divided by a common tongue
A new book asks if the early Eastern European proponents of nationhood saw the future Jewish territorial unit in Palestine as a province within a multinational empire
On the 45th anniversary of the Israeli statesman’s death, the confounding national problem of identity
How the architect of the Final Solution, an otherwise unremarkable bureaucrat, became a star character for film
Yom Ha’atzmaut: How Jewish mobsters helped Israel gain its independence
Government-regulated competition, legislation that largely excludes the courts, and a ‘social lobby’ that backed even neo-liberal economic policy into covering 100 percent of the Jewish state’s citizens. Is there a lesson for the United States?
The father of Israel’s nuclear deterrent reveals how it was built. An exclusive excerpt from No Room For Small Dreams, Shimon Peres’ posthumous autobiography.
Three weeks before his death in 2016, Shimon Peres sat for what he intended to be a Rosh Hashanah-timed discussion about the state of the world. It was also his final one.
The 75th Anniversary of the Palmach, the elite forces of the Haganah
What kind of Zionist was Gershom Scholem?
Lacking a vision of the future, Labor reinvents itself by misreading the past
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