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The Fantasy of an International Jerusalem

The Fantasy of an International Jerusalem

One-hundred years ago, over a lunch, the internationalization of Jerusalem became irrelevant—and it remains so.

Dec. 28 2017 12:01AM
How Hebrew Helped to Create the English Language—and to Form the American Spirit

How Hebrew Helped to Create the English Language—and to Form the American Spirit

“This now is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” and other remarkable Hebraisms in the English tongue.

Feb. 15 2017 12:01AM
The Famous Israeli Accent, and How It Came About

The Famous Israeli Accent, and How It Came About

“I em verry heppy to mit you end yourr femily in yourr hawm.”

Oct. 25 2017 12:01AM
The Obligations of Auschwitz

The Obligations of Auschwitz

My grandfather, who survived five Nazi camps, built in their shadow a life that consisted above all of children and grandchildren. The same is demanded of us all.

Jan. 26 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
Why the Beginning of the Haggadah Is in Aramaic
April 5 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
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
The Jewish (and Not-So-Jewish) History of the Word "Palestine"
Sept. 6 2017 12:01AM
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 Journey of the Word "Artichoke" Shows Folk Etymology at Its Most Creative

The Journey of the Word "Artichoke" Shows Folk Etymology at Its Most Creative

A linguistic investigation prompted by a meal in Rome of carciofi alla giudia.

Feb. 8 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
Why Are These Cheerios Different from All Other Cheerios?

Why Are These Cheerios Different from All Other Cheerios?

What the story of General Mills’ newly gluten-free cereal tells us about the food we eat—and don’t—at Passover.

April 21 2016 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