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The Jewish Spies Who Helped the British Defeat the Ottoman Empire in World War I

The Jewish Spies Who Helped the British Defeat the Ottoman Empire in World War I

The achievements and sacrifice of a family of Palestinian Jews helped to secure both victory in war and Great Britain’s endorsement of Zionism.

Sept. 13 2017 12:01AM
Why Some Rabbis Have Loved the Sabbath Prayer "Shalom Aleykhem"—and Some Haven't

Why Some Rabbis Have Loved the Sabbath Prayer "Shalom Aleykhem"—and Some Haven't

The promise and peril of calling angels to bless your Sabbath table.

Sept. 7 2017 12:01AM
The Jewish (and Not-So-Jewish) History of the Word "Palestine"
Sept. 6 2017 12:01AM
The Complex Greatness of the Jewish National Poet, Part Three

The Complex Greatness of the Jewish National Poet, Part Three

Ḥayyim Naḥman Bialik’s faith in a Zionist-led Hebrew renaissance never faltered; nor did his labors on its behalf. Yet he also became, so he felt, Zionism’s prisoner.

Aug. 31 2017 12:01AM
The Complex Greatness of the Jewish National Poet, Part Two

The Complex Greatness of the Jewish National Poet, Part Two

Ḥayyim Naḥman Bialik was called upon by his contemporaries to play the role of a prophet. By consenting, he believed he had betrayed both his talent and his true calling.

Aug. 30 2017 12:01AM
The Complex Greatness of the Jewish National Poet, Part One

The Complex Greatness of the Jewish National Poet, Part One

In December 1903, Ḥayyim Naḥman Bialik burst to fame and notoriety in a storm of rage at Jewish passivity; by 1910, his poetic career had stalled.

Aug. 29 2017 12:01AM
Did King Solomon Trade with India?

Did King Solomon Trade with India?

On the possible whereabouts of Ophir and Tarshish, and how to get there by ship from Palestine.

Aug. 24 2017 12:01AM
The Most Politically Significant Meeting of Any Group of Jews in the Last 1,800 Years

The Most Politically Significant Meeting of Any Group of Jews in the Last 1,800 Years

The story of Theodor Herzl and the First Zionist Congress, convened 120 years ago on this date.

Aug. 23 2017 12:01AM
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