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Friday, July 18

On Gaza: A Strategy of Attrition

With no quick fixes available, Israel’s preference for limited engagement rather than all-out war in Gaza has so far proved effective, and may yet succeed.    

On Iran: A Strategy of Wishful Thinking

It would be nice to believe that the White House is operating on the basis of reasonable, prudent, and carefully hedged decisions; but don’t bet on it.

Israel and Western Drift

Geography aside, it is Israel that is still truly a Western country and is fighting for Western values—while the West, slowly but surely, is drifting away from itself.

Those Clever Jews

Why the disproportionate number of Jews with Nobel prizes? The latest answer—genetic adaptation—is insufficient, and no one has identified how it works.   

Hasidic Headgear

The fur hats worn by many ultra-Orthodox men have been significant social markers for centuries. Where does the tradition come from?

When Judaism and Christianity Split

At first the ancient rabbis regarded Christians as heretical Jews; developments within the nascent Christian church impelled a change of mind.

Thursday, July 17

Is Hamas Losing the PR War?

Many of the usual suspects have invoked the Gaza conflict to express their hatred of the Jewish state; but some have kept surprisingly quiet. 

A Moment of Truth

In scenes reminiscent of a pogrom, thugs assault French Jews on streets and in synagogues. Will the government act? Does a greater catastrophe loom?

When, not Whether, to Use Force

Some would now abjure it altogether, but for more than a century the willingness of the U.S. to employ military might has been an essential element of foreign policy.   

Reflections of a Jewish Neoconservative

In a wide-ranging conversation, the preeminent writer and editor talks about literature, politics, and religion. (Interview by Eric Cohen, 58-minute video).

The Faith of Alexander Hamilton

While his personal belief may have wavered, the founding father never doubted that religion was an “indispensable support” of public life and human happiness.

Wednesday, July 16

Why Israel is Winning

Hamas had several war aims when it launched its attack on Israel, including killing many Israelis and freeing terrorist prisoners. So far, it has achieved none of them. 

Double Standards, Inc.

The visceral and single-minded outpouring of rage against Israel by European liberals and peaceniks can have only one plausible explanation.  

The Sinkhole of Euthanasia

In Belgium, children experiencing “unbearable suffering” are allowed to authorize their own deaths. Can the U.S. withstand the slippery slope?

Black Russian

To the bestselling novelist Gary Shteyngart, the success achieved by Soviet Jewish immigrants in America is a tragic sellout. He should speak for himself.

The Academy and the Yeshiva

Traditional Jewish study methods have something to gain from the techniques of academic scholarship—and vice-versa. 

Tuesday, July 15

The Body-Count Cliché

Surrounded by seething resentment and genocidal psychopathy, Israelis have made a pretty great life for themselves. For the media, that’s clearly a problem.

Tehran Prospers, Thanks to Washington

Hoping to attain a preliminary nuclear deal, the White House eased economic sanctions. Now Iran’s leaders have no incentive to negotiate. 

Jihad and Self-Loathing

Why are Western-educated Muslims volunteering for war against “infidels”? The lure of radical Islam is one answer; so is our own lack of conviction in our way of life. 

The Anti-Zionist Evangelicals

A small group of communal leaders, activists, and lecturers has been working to undermine Christian support for Israel—with some worrying success.

Torah from Heaven

“The thing that does matter is that the Torah came from God. This is absolutely essential. At the same time, this is a claim not subject to proof or refutation.” (Interview by Alan Brill)

Monday, July 14

No Quick Fix in Gaza

Hamas intends to destroy Israel but cannot. Israel can destroy Hamas but will not. For the time being, attempts to force an exit will only make things worse.  

Israel’s Stiff Upper Lip

Despite the unceasing attacks, Israelis have maintained their normal lives—thereby helping their leaders make more considered decisions. 

Hitler’s War Aims

Theories abound, but in the end only one war aim mattered to history’s greatest single suicide bomber, the man who blew up Europe to kill its Jews.

An Invented Kingdom

Has the archaeologist and Bible scholar Israel Finkelstein discovered an early “lost kingdom” of northern Israel? No way, assert two different critics.
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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