What good is the Diaspora? Here are two important views, from unexpected places.
Making sense of a strange phenomenon
What we learn about Israel’s ethnocentrism by looking at groups inspired by Zionism
Full of unlikable characters each representing a different half-baked perspective, ‘Diaspora’ is offensive to everyone and no one
Connecting to my Jewish identity in the South of France
A nine-piece band belts out traditional Jewish music for one jazzy night
Birthright Israel inspires other countries to launch diaspora trips
Why the Jewish state has more say than the Diaspora over what the country stands for and where it is going
A tiny island off Cancún in the Mexican Yucatán is the modern Jewish world in microcosm
Can Zionism and U.S. liberalism coexist under Netanyahu?
The apparent abstraction of Talmudic rulings, immune to the vagaries of history, are also a key to Jewish survival
In the Talmud, nostalgic, biblical, divine explanations override accurate secular history and chronology
In staking claims about the validity of Jewish identity, the rabbis show that the Diaspora has existed for nearly as long as Judaism
What the recent controversy over one rabbi’s legitimacy really represents
In his new book, Israeli journalist Ari Shavit argues that without Israel, secular Jewish life will vanish. Six American Jews reply.
In André Aciman’s new Harvard Square, an Egyptian-born Jew and a Tunisian Muslim meet their limits
A collection of American students shrug him off
Shlomo Carlebach, who died 18 years ago this week, was a reflection of the pain of post-Holocaust Jewry
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