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The Story of Obama's Ransom Payment to Iran Gets Worse

The Story of Obama's Ransom Payment to Iran Gets Worse

America paid Iran $1.7 billion in cash—funds that by law were not to be released unless and until Iran paid what it owed to American victims of its terrorism.

Nov. 1 2016 12:01AM
How Lev Tolstoy Became Leo Tolstoy

How Lev Tolstoy Became Leo Tolstoy

Why do we Anglicize some names and not others?

March 11 2015 12:01AM
From Africa to China, How Israel Helps Quench the Developing World's Thirst

From Africa to China, How Israel Helps Quench the Developing World's Thirst

The untold story of Israeli hydrodiplomacy, from the 1950s until now.

Sept. 9 2015 12:01AM
Israel and Japan Are Finally Becoming Friends. Why?

Israel and Japan Are Finally Becoming Friends. Why?

After decades of wariness, the two nations are being drawn together by common interests and shared fears.

Aug. 6 2015 12:01AM
The Latest "Breaking the Silence" Report Isn't Journalism. It's Propaganda.

The Latest "Breaking the Silence" Report Isn't Journalism. It's Propaganda.

The Israeli NGO won international attention last week for claiming to expose IDF malfeasance in Gaza. It exposed something else.

May 14 2015 12:01AM
A Letter to My Liberal Jewish Friends

A Letter to My Liberal Jewish Friends

The president’s address last week to Congregation Adas Israel as “an honorary member of the tribe” was something other than it seemed.

May 28 2015 12:01AM
Jews against Themselves

Jews against Themselves

As a new book shows, hatred of Jews can be infectious—and some of the worst carriers are Jews who defame their own people.

Sept. 24 2015 12:01AM
Why I Changed My Mind about Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israelism

Why I Changed My Mind about Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israelism

I once thought it possible to address the world’s turn against Israel without bringing in anti-Semitism. No longer.

Dec. 9 2015 12:01AM
Why the King James Version of the Bible Remains the Best

Why the King James Version of the Bible Remains the Best

The 400-year-old translation is denigrated because of its archaic language. That’s one of its greatest strengths.

May 27 2015 12:01AM
Why Does “Making” Mean What It Means for American Ashkenazi Jews?

Why Does “Making” Mean What It Means for American Ashkenazi Jews?

If you don’t know what it means, you can probably figure it out. (Or you can read this column.)

Nov. 22 2017 12:01AM
My Life with Leonard Cohen

My Life with Leonard Cohen

Friends, but never close, our paths intersected and then diverged, until this past September, when I connected with Leonard for the last time.

Nov. 30 2016 12:01AM
An Unknown Yiddish Masterpiece That Anticipated the Holocaust

An Unknown Yiddish Masterpiece That Anticipated the Holocaust

Written in 1923, “In the Crucifix Kingdom” depicts Europe as a Jewish wasteland. Why has no one read it?

April 15 2015 12:01AM
Jewish Surnames [Supposedly] Explained

Jewish Surnames [Supposedly] Explained

“Dara, you’ll love this!” Actually, I don’t.
Jan. 21 2014 12:00AM
In Photos: The Story of the Liberation of Jerusalem a Century Ago

In Photos: The Story of the Liberation of Jerusalem a Century Ago

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s unification in the Six-Day War. It also marks the 100th anniversary of a fierce World War I battle that saved the city from destruction.

May 22 2017 12:01AM