JRB | Israel

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

 

Rereading Herzl’s Old-New Land

A bad novel, but an important and prescient book.

The Kibbutz and the State

How the position of the kibbutz in Israeli society has changed, and why.

Athens or Sparta?

Accused by Patrick Tyler of unfairness, Morris presses on.

The Poet from Vilna

Avrom Sutzkever and Max Weinreich, a memoir.

Walkers in the City

Herman Melville was unimpressed with Jerusalem in 1857, but what would he say if he were a saunterer on Mamilla or King George today?

Moses Mendelssohn Street

Immortality in Jerusalem.

Walking the Green Line

New books about the settlers and the settlements and depth and nuance to the discussions about their existence.

One State?

Sari Nusseibeh’s recent book is a new formulation of an old proposal.

Fathers & Sons

This summer, as the current Askhenazi chief rabbi was being investigated for corruption, and issues of religion and state dominated public debate, new Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbis were elected. The process was messy, complicated, and ugly. The result? Sixty-eight votes apiece for the sons of two previous chief rabbis. What does a broken rabbinate mean for Israel?

Yehuda Amichai: At Play in the Fields of Verse

Yehuda Amichai was an exuberant person with a lively, impish sense of humor. He was, at the same time, a melancholy man. Both traits are present in his poetry.

Israel’s Arab Sholem Aleichem

Sayed Kashua’s new novel presents a characteristic depiction of the dual identities of Israel’s Arabs.

Riding Leviathan: A New Wave of Israeli Genre Fiction

A new batch of Israeli fantasy books may not contain Narnias, but they pound on the wardrobe, rattling the scrolls inside.

Hope, Beauty, and Bus Lanes in Tel Aviv

From the floor of Tel Aviv’s City Council, Israel’s future looks more promising than many would think.

Suggested Reading

Was Lincoln Jewish?

Was Lincoln Jewish?

Stuart Schoffman

"Father Abraham became a saint for American Jews, a martyred Moses who revered the Bible," writes Stuart Schoffman of the post-Civil War view of President Lincoln. But was he also "bone from our bone and flesh from our flesh"? Henry Vidaver thought so...

Balm in Gilead

Gita Segal Rotenberg

After reading through dozens of entries into our Reader Review Competition, we are pleased to announce that Gital Segal Rotenberg has been chosen as the winner. Her review of Dati Normali appears today. We thank all our readers who participated! 

Tragedy and Comedy in Black and White

Tragedy and Comedy in Black and White

Sarah Rindner

Lately it seems to be the season of haredim on screen. Sarah Rindner's immersion in this very particular oeuvre began with Shtisel, the 2013 runaway hit Israeli TV series, which depicts a haredi family in Jerusalem in all of its complicated, charming dysfunction.

The Home Front

The Home Front

Allan Arkush

Eating very long breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with dozens of aging members of the Greatest Generation was the best part of Arkush's teaching experience.