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Is the Torah a Work of Philosophy?
January  Philosophy and the Hebrew Bible

Is the Torah a Work of Philosophy?

As the latest attempt to draw universal ethical principles from the Bible shows, philosophical investigation of its text offers the prospect of great rewards—and grave dangers.

Disorder in the Court
December  The Israeli Legal Revolution

Disorder in the Court

How Israel’s supreme court has effected its own constitutional revolution—and thereby undermined public confidence in the rule of law.

Everybody Loves Israel
November  

Everybody Loves Israel

Formerly neutral or hostile countries from across the world, including Saudi Arabia and China, are now eagerly courting the Jewish state. What’s going on?

What Ahad Ha'am Saw and Herzl Missed—and Vice Versa
October  The Great Zionist Rivalry

What Ahad Ha’am Saw and Herzl Missed—and Vice Versa

The unresolved rivalry between the great Zionist thinker and the great Zionist strategist still shapes the contending outlooks of many 21st-century Jews.

Nationalism and the Future of Western Freedom
September  The Political Order

Nationalism and the Future of Western Freedom

A conflict is brewing over the shape of the international order. It centers around an idea—a biblical idea—long thought discredited by political elites.

The Great Arab Implosion and Its Consequences
July  The New Middle East Order

The Great Arab Implosion and Its Consequences

Who or what will replace a century of failed Sunni Arab dominance? What, if anything, can the West do to help shape the future?

The Return of Bernard Lewis
June  The Return of Bernard Lewis

The Return of Bernard Lewis

Forty years ago, nobody foresaw the rise of radical Islam—except for the preeminent historian who both predicted and explained it, and much else besides. 

Where Is the Jews’ Homeland?
May  Zionism Before Zionism

Where Is the Jews’ Homeland?

Elsewhere than Zion, said the greatest Hebrew poet of the 19th century—until he changed his mind, paving the way for others.

That Holocaust Feeling
March  The Future of Holocaust Art

That Holocaust Feeling

The Oscar-winning new film Son of Saul drops us into the heart of Auschwitz. What’s the point?

The Problem with Jewish Museums
February  Identity and the Jewish Museum

The Problem with Jewish Museums

Ours is an era of museums celebrating the identity of nearly every group and ethnicity. But something else takes place when the identity in question is Jewish.

Does Europe Have a Future?
January  The European Idea

Does Europe Have a Future?

It’s both a continent and an idea, with an alternately heroic and ignominious past and, until recently, an enviable present. Can the heart of the West survive the 21st century?

Our Man in Moscow
December  Russia and the Middle East

Our Man in Moscow

Vladimir Putin’s major new role in the Middle East is no accident. It’s part and parcel of President Obama’s broader strategy.