Matti Friedman

Ritchie’s Boys and the Men from Zion

Our appreciation for stories of Jewish bravery during World War II sometimes obscures the fact that as a group Jews were powerless, reduced to begging others for a chance to bear arms.

Distant Cousins

None of these four novels by American Jewish writers is fully at home in Israel—they’re more like Mars orbiters than rovers.

Homer of Lod: The Indispensability of Erez Bitton

The blind writer from Algeria is one of Israel’s most important voices, both in poetry and in policy.

A Walk in Jerusalem

Jews and Arabs live separately and are rarely friends, but they deal with each other constantly. The city can’t function otherwise. A walk in the Old City under a cloud of unease.

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