Israel & Zionism

A rabbi and historian explores the history of the Temple Mount, its presence in the Jewish imagination, and why more and more Jews are now going there to pray.

Jeffrey Woolf and Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic
June 23 2022 12:06AM

Zionist revolutionaries dreamed that Israel would create a New Jew, purged of the exile’s disfigurements. Instead, it’s become a vehicle for the renewal of the old Jew, and the old Judaism.

June 20 2022 12:01AM

A book about Israel’s targeted-assassination program has become legendary and will soon be brought to television. It’s accurate in its facts, but misses on its judgments.

June 13 2022 12:01AM

In 1949, Turkey was the first Muslim nation to recognize Israel, but in the last few decades their relationship has hit the rocks. Can recent signs of rapprochement be trusted?

June 7 2022 12:27AM

Even at the Hebrew University at mid-century, when the likes of Martin Buber and Gershom Scholem walked the halls, Pines stood out for his prodigious knowledge of everything.

May 31 2022 12:01AM

Israel’s future prime minister watched Churchill up close in war-time London, and then sounded Churchillian notes when called upon to rally his own nation.

May 23 2022 12:01AM

Did the Israeli government kidnap Yemenite Jewish children in the state’s early days? A historian joins us to explain the story, why it’s a myth, and why it won’t go away.

May 12 2022 12:41AM

What exactly did Moses Hess believe he was repenting from?

May 9 2022 12:17AM

An Israeli analyst joins us to provide essential context for the recent wave of terror against the Jewish state.

April 28 2022 12:01AM

Indignation at Israel’s response to Russia’s invasion has intensified while becoming ever more untethered from the facts.

March 28 2022 12:01AM

The pandemic has revealed a weakness at the heart of Israel’s economy: it’s been so focused on developing its technology sector that more traditional industries are languishing.

March 21 2022 12:01AM

Iran’s missile attack last weekend sheds light on America’s role in the escalating conflict that Israel refers to as the “war between wars.”

March 17 2022 12:01AM

By serving as a mediator between Ukraine and Russia, Israel’s prime minister brings his nation into new and unknown territory. Is he doing the right thing?

March 11 2022 12:01AM

Last month saw the first-ever production of Herzl’s little-known play The New Ghetto in the country he brought into being. The performance was touched with the sublime.

March 3 2022 12:01AM