Mosaic Magazine

What Happened at Lydda

In his celebrated new book, Ari Shavit claims that “Zionism” committed a massacre in July 1948. Can the claim withstand scrutiny?

What Happened at Lydda

Perhaps no book by an Israeli has ever been promoted as massively in America as My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, by the Ha’aretz columnist Ari Shavit. But how accurate is it? Read More…


  1. The Meaning of Massacre by Benny Morris and Martin Kramer
    The debate between Benny Morris and Martin Kramer over Israel's wartime conduct enters its second round.

  2. Distortion and Defamation by Martin Kramer
    The treatment of Lydda by Ari Shavit and my respondent Benny Morris has consequences even they didn’t intend.

  3. Zionism's Black Boxes by Benny Morris
    Martin Kramer shows how Ari Shavit manipulates and distorts history; but Kramer has an agenda of his own.

  4. The Uses of Lydda by Efraim Karsh
    How a confusing urban battle between two sides was transformed into a one-sided massacre of helpless victims.

Mizrahi Nation

Long shut out of the country’s story, Middle Eastern Jews now make up half of Israel’s population, influencing its culture and its life in surprising new ways. Who are they?

Mizrahi Nation

The story of Israel, as most people know it, is well trod—perhaps even tiresome by now. It begins with anti-Semitism in Europe and passes through Theodor Herzl, the Zionist pioneers, the kibbutz, socialism, the Holocaust, and the 1948 War of Independence... Read More…

The Death of Jewish Culture

Not so long ago, Jewish culture seemed to flourish in America; but now all signs point in the opposite direction. What happened?

The Death of Jewish Culture

Fifteen years ago this spring, I walked through the doors of a gleaming new postmodern sanctuary on New York’s Upper West Side. Known as Makor, this nightclub-cum-gallery billed itself as a secular Jewish arts-and-culture mecca for New York’s young hipsters... Read More…

Editors' Picks

Hamas is Still an Iranian Proxy

Conventional wisdom holds that Sunni-Shiite conflicts have pushed Hamas away from Iran and its satellites. The facts tell a different story.   

Is the Left Anti-Semitic?

Falling prey to conspiratorial thinking, European and American leftists increasingly put the blame for all global conflict squarely on the Jews.  

No Substitute for Victory

Despite the vicious browbeating of Israel, the world still privately gravitates to winners and distances itself from losers.    

Wanted: Jews by Choice

Faced with dwindling numbers, should American Jewry be actively seeking converts? A leader of Conservative Judaism says yes.

The Jewish Apocrypha

The teeming religious literature of the Second Temple period—shunned by the rabbis of the Talmud—has now been gathered in a three-volume work. But who will read it?

Tuesday, July 29

Winning the War that Matters

In its battle with Hamas, Israel is getting some bad press—as usual. In terms of real achievements, it’s doing well. 

The Jewish Idea of Freedom

As against the pagan empires of antiquity, biblical civilization chose ordered freedom over both tyranny and anarchy; in today’s Israel, the same concept of liberty is alive and well.   

A Still Crazy Continent

Living in various parts of the EU for an extended period of time, you learn all you need to know about contemporary European attitudes toward the Jews.   

My Father, Fiddler, and the Left

To the dismay of his son, the author of Fiddler on the Roof refused to see the damage inflicted by the politics he embraced on the country he loved. 

The Origins of Yiddish Revisited

There are currently three main theories about how the language of Ashkenazi Jewry developed; the truth is likely to include elements of all three. 

Monday, July 28

Winning the Ceasefire

When the current round of fighting in Gaza is over, Israel must seize the opportunity to weaken Hamas politically as well as militarily. 

John Kerry’s Betrayal

Rewarding Hamas for terrorism and making impossible demands on Israel, the Secretary of State’s effort to broker a truce was both dishonest and inept.  

The Enemy Below

The notion that tunnels alone have shifted the course of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is nonsense—but nonsense that gives heart to Israel’s enemies.

France is Burning

While French authorities have denounced the anti-Semitic attacks roiling the country, they have refused to name the source of the violence—or to do much about it. 

Hammerin’ Hebrew

Having once considered his religion an “accident of birth,” the slugger Hank Greenberg, by the end of his life, hoped to be remembered as a “great Jewish ballplayer.”  


My Promised Land

The Meaning of "Massacre"
The debate between Benny Morris and Martin Kramer over Israel's wartime conduct enters its second round.
By Benny Morris and Martin Kramer


Tevye Betrayed

What’s Wrong with Fiddler on the Roof
Fifty years on, no work by or about Jews has won American hearts so thoroughly. So what's my problem?
By Ruth R. Wisse


The Death of Jewish Culture

The Death of Jewish Culture Revisited
An exchange between the foremost philanthropic supporter of secular Jewish culture and the analyst of its decline.
By Felix Posen and James Loeffler

Horn Surnames

What's In A Name

Jewish Surnames [Supposedly] Explained
“Dara, you’ll love this!” Actually, I don’t.
by Dara Horn


Conservative and Orthodox

The Crisis in Jewish Law Today
Orthodox rabbis need to stop worrying about 200-year-old battles with “Reformers” and allow Jewish law to develop organically, as it did in the past.
By David Golinkin

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The Situation in Europe

You Only Live Twice
Vibrant Jewish communities were reborn in Europe after the Holocaust. Is there a future for them in the 21st century?
by Michel Gurfinkiel

Degenerate Art

The Art World

Degenerate Art and the Jewish Grandmother
The story of the family behind the Nazi-era art trove.
By Walter Laqueur


The September Essay

Intermarriage: Can Anything Be Done?
A half-century after the rate of intermarriage in the US began to skyrocket, the Jewish community appears to have resigned itself to the inevitable. But to declare defeat is preposterous.
by Jack Wertheimer

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The Rabbinic World

Who Is Aharon Lichtenstein?
Introducing the extraordinary rabbi who next week will receive Israel’s highest honor.
By Elli Fischer


Yom Hashoah

Making Amends
A mysterious request leads the Canadian-born son of a Holocaust survivor back to the old country.
by Robert Eli Rubinstein


The Intellectual Scene

The Walter Benjamin Brigade
How an original but maddeningly opaque German Jewish intellectual became a thriving academic industry.
by Walter Laqueur

Nicholson Essay

The October Essay

Evangelicals and Israel
What do evangelicals really think about the Jewish people, what are the roots of their Christian Zionism—and what is now driving a growing number away from wholehearted support of Israel.
by Robert W. Nicholson