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

A Complex Network of Pipes 

A Complex Network of Pipes 

Hillel Halkin

You couldn’t know Yehuda Amichai without being struck by the casual way in which original and sometimes startling metaphors dropped from him in ordinary conversation. It wasn’t done for effect. It was just the way his mind worked. One thing made him think of another and what it made him think of was generally something that would not have occurred to anyone else.  

A Good Second Choice

A Good Second Choice

Allan Arkush

Yirimiyahu be-Tzion is a solid work of intellectual history, devoted above all to understanding Judah Magnes as he understood himself, sympathetic but honest, and attentive to the weaknesses as well as the strengths of his thinking.

Silence of the Lambs

Jeremy Wanderer

Sacrifice is both foreign and familiar. Actually sacrificing an animal is difficult to imagine, and yet we continue to speak freely of sacrifice in connection with political and moral obligations.