Cliff-Hangers When I first read Hillel Halkin’s assertion in “On That Distant Day” (Winter 2023) that “for years now, Israel has seemed to me like a man sleepwalking toward a…
Chaim Weizmann's outsider view of the Yishuv often led to conflict with the Zionist leaders based in British Mandatory Palestine. But it was precisely that perspective that present-day historians (and arguably Israelis) would do well to recover.
Who wrote Israel's founding document and how does it express Israel’s values?
Years before Shabbtai Zevi emerged, another Jewish radical tore across Europe, gathering followers and generating dissent.
Nothing sounds more idolatrous than drawing God. But that is just what a diverse bunch of medieval Jewish visionaries and scribblers set out to do.
Kafka’s unabridged diaries are, for the first time, available in English. What do they teach us about a man who was a lacuna of himself?
The explosive growth of Satmar Hasidim has shocked and worried many who see their culture as un-American. But two new books argue it was only in America that the sect could have flourished at all.
Did dogs save the Jewish State?
Elizabeth Graver’s new novel shines a light on the Sephardi experience.
Tracing lines of a linguistic heritage through Hebrew poetry.
How I learned to stop worrying and love to browse.
Letters of ink. Letters of the heart.
A Hasidic-owned, bicycle-powered tefillin factory in Krakow, Poland.
We now understand Sigmund Freud as an anxious Jewish humanist, not the intrepid scientific investigator he thought himself to be. Does that help explain why his interpretations seem so talmudic?
Shay Rabineau had a simple plan: circle the Dead Sea on foot in two weeks while navigating treacherous heights, marshy flats, military checkpoints, and ad hoc baptisms. What could go wrong?