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Between American Jews and Israel: Are Pressure Tactics Fair Game? An Exchange

Between American Jews and Israel: Are Pressure Tactics Fair Game? An Exchange

Daniel Gordis and Elliott Abrams debate the proper response to the Israeli government’s recent decisions on prayer at the Western Wall and conversion to Judaism.

July 24 2017 12:01AM
Anglo-Jewish Attitudes

Anglo-Jewish Attitudes

Gertrude Himmelfarb, historian of Victorian Britain and of the 18th-century Enlightenment, has lately devoted special attention to Jewish history and culture. What’s the connection?

July 20 2017 12:01AM
Why Are Extremely Large Wine Bottles Named after Biblical Kings?

Why Are Extremely Large Wine Bottles Named after Biblical Kings?

The convoluted story of jeroboams, rehoboams, methuselahs, and more.

July 19 2017 12:01AM
Thinking about Suspending Support for Israel Over the Western Wall and Conversion Disputes? Think Again.

Thinking about Suspending Support for Israel Over the Western Wall and Conversion Disputes? Think Again.

Furious and extreme proposals in response to two Israeli government decisions are ill-reasoned and immature.

July 13 2017 12:41AM
Benzion Netanyahu, the Altalena, and Me

Benzion Netanyahu, the Altalena, and Me

Looking back at the founding moments of the state of Israel with the father of the current prime minister.

July 12 2017 12:01AM
The Case of the Non-Jewish Prophet

The Case of the Non-Jewish Prophet

With his fatal weakness for the lure of fame and fortune, the prophet-for-hire Balaam seems completely our contemporary.

July 6 2017 12:36AM
How Modern Hebrew Developed a Full-Blown Slang in Just a Hundred Years

How Modern Hebrew Developed a Full-Blown Slang in Just a Hundred Years

In part, it borrowed extensively from the slangs and vernaculars of other languages. Consider the case of de la shmatte.

July 5 2017 12:01AM
French Islam's Radical Turn, and Its Ramifications for French Jews

French Islam's Radical Turn, and Its Ramifications for French Jews

A new book shows the role played by anti-Semitism in the strengthening and consolidation of Islamism in France.

June 29 2017 12:01AM
The Bible's Coalition of Complainers

The Bible's Coalition of Complainers

Koraḥ’s failed rebellion against the leadership of Moses shows that a culture based on grievance cannot last.

June 22 2017 12:01AM
What Is the Source of the Phrase "Never Again"?

What Is the Source of the Phrase "Never Again"?

Some say its author was Meir Kahane, the founder of the Jewish Defense League. Is that right?

June 21 2017 12:01AM
A Balm for the Pathologies of Postmodernism

A Balm for the Pathologies of Postmodernism

Out of the pages of history, the distinguished scholar and essayist Gertrude Himmelfarb offers intellectual, moral, and political aid for our time.

June 14 2017 12:01AM
Two Anthem-Like Views of What Judaism Boils Down To

Two Anthem-Like Views of What Judaism Boils Down To

The two great liturgical songs of Yigdal and Adon Olam offer rival attempts to summarize the essence of Judaism.

June 8 2017 12:01AM
Who Is the Biblical Stranger, and What Should the Bible's Teaching Mean Today?

Who Is the Biblical Stranger, and What Should the Bible's Teaching Mean Today?

The shifting historical meaning of “Thou shalt not oppress a stranger.”

June 7 2017 12:01AM
The Great Book of Grievance

The Great Book of Grievance

There’s a reason the Torah refers to the endlessly complaining Israelites, who need a golden calf to comfort them, as “the children of Israel.”

May 25 2017 12:01AM