Overshadowed by the more earth-shaking or at least highly publicized events elsewhere, the "Tent City Protests" that began in Tel Aviv last summer have been forgotten by many outside of Israel. Nonetheless, they were extraordinary both in size-on September 3 as many as 450,000 marched throughout Israel-and civility. We thought that it would be useful to listen to what some thoughtful and involved Israelis are saying about what they saw or did last summer in the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Two philosophies—one analytical, the other amorous—of the modern Jewish condition.
Curating Assimilation, Rav and the Butchers & the Bergson Boys.
Yale's Jewish Lives Series finds an unlikely subject: Leon Trotsky.
How did the Jews become modern? Three new books trace the roots of Jewish secularization.
In a new book about religious moderation, William Egginton makes some good points, along with a few immoderate claims.
For Chaim Gans, the justification for nationalism in general, and Zionism in particular, lies in the human rights of the individual.
A new biography charts the rise of Norman Podhoretz, from a young voice of the anti-Communist left, to a leading neoconservative and American Zionist.
One hundred years ago, Yosef Bussel, Yosef Baratz, eight other young men, and two young women arrived in Umm Juni on the southern shore of Lake Tiberias. There they established a kommuna, a small agricultural settlement that was to become the first kibbutz. A new Hebrew book celebrates the centennial history of this great experiment.
In the past few years, MK Rabbi Haim Amsalem has become more of a controversial figure in his own community, not to mention the Shas party he represents, than outside of it. In two monumental works of Jewish law, he seeks to impact the future not only of that community, but of Israel's Russian immigrants.