Israel’s Religious-Music Revolution Can Bring It Closer to the Diaspora

Oct. 10 2019

Last week, the annual piyyut festival took place at the National Library in Jerusalem, drawing a large crowd and some of the country’s most popular musical acts. Originally meaning “liturgical poem,” piyyut has come to refer to musical performances of these poems, or variations of them, which have now become an element of the Israeli popular-music scene. Yossi Klein Halevi explains the significance of this genre’s success:

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More about: Israel and the Diaspora, Israeli music, Jewish music

Last Week’s Peace Agreement Sends a Clear Message to the Palestinians

Sept. 21 2020

Considering the seminal agreement, formally concluded last Tuesday, in which both Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates normalized their relations with Israel, Douglas Feith writes:

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More about: Bahrain, Donald Trump, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, United Arab Emirates