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The Promise of Israel's New Orthodox Cinema

The Promise of Israel's New Orthodox Cinema

Israeli film used to be almost exclusively—and aggressively—secular. With the rise of the ultra-Orthodox director Rama Burshtein and others, that’s changing.

Aug. 21 2017 12:01AM
Thinking about Charlottesville and the Jews

Thinking about Charlottesville and the Jews

Today’s homegrown Nazi threat, seen in Charlottesville last weekend, is grossly incommensurate with yesterday’s Nazi threat—which relieves no one of the duty to respond. But how?

Aug. 18 2017 12:01AM
A Captivating Tour of Jewish Life at the Moment before the Holocaust and Israel

A Captivating Tour of Jewish Life at the Moment before the Holocaust and Israel

Translated into English for the first time, The Wandering Jew Has Arrived captures the breadth of Jewish life from London to Eastern Europe to Palestine just before it all changed.

Aug. 16 2017 12:01AM
The Only Language He Understands

The Only Language He Understands

Without knowing the Middle East, the author of a highly regarded new book presumes to prescribe what would be best for it—and especially for Israel.

Aug. 10 2017 2:06AM
In the Year of the Small Count

In the Year of the Small Count

On the once-prevalent practice of rendering Hebrew publication dates by means of numerically coded verses from the Bible.

Aug. 9 2017 12:01AM
The Sh'ma Is the Jewish Safety Net

The Sh'ma Is the Jewish Safety Net

The brave attempt at monotheism was bound to go wrong sometimes, and when it did, the Israelites would need help putting the pieces back together again.

Aug. 3 2017 12:01AM
What Do Israeli Arabs Want?

What Do Israeli Arabs Want?

The successes and grievances of Israel’s Arab citizens are a story of considerable interest, especially in the aftermath of the Temple Mount murders committed by three of their own.

July 28 2017 12:01AM
The One Time When Moses Speaks in His Own Words

The One Time When Moses Speaks in His Own Words

Deuteronomy erases the separation between leader and led; for better or for worse, they’re yoked together.

July 27 2017 12:01AM
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