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How to Judge Robert Alter's Landmark Translation of the Hebrew Bible
February  

How to Judge Robert Alter’s Landmark Translation of the Hebrew Bible

Finished after decades of labor, this one-man English translation is a stupendous achievement. How does it hold up against the masterpieces (and follies) that have come before?

The Strategy Washington Is Pursuing in the Middle East Is the Only Strategy Worth Pursuing
January  Middle East Strategy in 2019

The Strategy Washington Is Pursuing in the Middle East Is the Only Strategy Worth Pursuing

America needs to back up its allies (Israel, Saudi Arabia, and potentially Turkey), and isolate its adversaries (Iran, Russia, China, Islamic State). Everything else is secondary.

The Matchless Master of Modern Hebrew Literature
December  

The Matchless Master of Modern Hebrew Literature

In his fiction, and especially in the novel Only Yesterday, S.Y. Agnon casts an ironic, unfooled eye on the inner lives of his fellow Jews and their lopsided bargains with modernity.

What Is the Meaning of Jewish History?
August  

What Is the Meaning of Jewish History?

A brief history of Jewish history-writing reveals an abundance of partial and competing narratives, all too often missing a key ingredient.

The Life, Work, and Legacy of Israel's Most Beloved Poet
June  

The Life, Work, and Legacy of Israel’s Most Beloved Poet

Raḥel will be read, sung, and recited long after many excellent Hebrew poets of her age, men and women alike, have been confined within classroom walls.

Israel's Demographic Miracle
May  The Changing Face of Israeli Society

Israel’s Demographic Miracle

Birthrates are falling across the world, especially in developed nations—except in one. How did mainstream, middle-class Israelis start having children again, and what does it mean?

The May 1948 Vote that Made the State of Israel
April  

The May 1948 Vote that Made the State of Israel

A long-accepted wisdom has it that just days before the state’s birth, its founders settled two burning issues in a pair of closely decided votes. The wisdom is half-wrong.

The Church's Once-Notorious Seizure of a Jewish Child Is Back. Why?
March  The Mortara Affair Returns

The Church’s Once-Notorious Seizure of a Jewish Child Is Back. Why?

In play again are bitterly contested questions about the Catholic Church, about religion and politics, and—inevitably—about Christianity’s relation to Judaism and the Jews.

Has Israel Grown Too Dependent on the United States?
February  The U.S.–Israel Special Relationship & Its Discontents

Has Israel Grown Too Dependent on the United States?

Cracks are increasingly discernible in the famous “special relationship.” Can they be repaired? If not, could Israel’s national security survive the loss of American military aid?