Israel & Zionism

Sure, it’s unrealistic to expect complete historical accuracy from the movies. But the inaccuracies all bespeak a more fundamental, and worrying, concern.

Feb. 3 2023 12:01AM

Moral and political sensitivity may play a role in the neutering of Jewish and Israeli subjects. But it’s likely that the biggest consideration is making money.

Jan. 31 2023 12:01AM

Traditional lines between the secular and religious populations are fading, particularly in the realms of music and art.

Jan. 23 2023 12:01AM

The veteran Israel observer and foreign-policy expert joins the podcast to talk about why many American Jews are speaking so apocalyptically about Israel’s new governing coalition.

Jan. 20 2023 12:01AM

Hollywood is full of Jews. So why is it so insistent on universalizing the story of the Jewish state?

Jan. 9 2023 12:01AM

As 2022 comes to a close, we’re looking back at some of our favorite stories from this year. Today, we focus on Israel, Jews across the world, and on contemporary politics.

Dec. 29 2022 12:01AM

Watch our recording of the modern Israeli classic. Then stick around for the discussion with Israeli novelist Ruby Namdar and American rabbi Daniel Bouskila.

The Editors, Jonathan Silver, Haim Sabato, Ruby Namdar and Daniel Bouskila
Dec. 28 2022 12:01AM

Israel’s past and future prime minister joins the podcast to discuss how he weighs consequential decisions, and three crucial choices he made in his career.

Dec. 27 2022 12:01AM

India once stood out for its frosty attitude toward the Jewish state. But lately there’s been a fascinating turnaround that’s both pragmatic and ideological.

Dec. 12 2022 12:01AM

The novelist and rabbi Haim Sabato infuses tradition into fiction as well as any of the Yiddish greats. The difference? His work is unencumbered by modern angst.

Dec. 5 2022 12:01AM

The war and the danger to European Jewry brought with them a fervor that Jewish activists could only wish for these days.

Nov. 30 2022 12:01AM

Ultra-Orthodox Jews no longer vote in blocs and are now enthusiastic participants in national ideological movements. They may rue the change.

Nov. 21 2022 12:01AM

The member of Knesset and architect of the effort to reform Israel’s judiciary speaks about the issue.

Nov. 18 2022 12:01AM

Shared myths reveal something elemental about the people who sustain them. A scholar of cultural memory describes the layers of myth that illuminate Israel’s quintessentially modern city.

Nov. 17 2022 12:01AM