We bring you a collection of ten short essays reflecting on values and motifs of the High Holidays, and hope you find this short anthology enriching and inspiring, together with the timeless traditions that you practise
Hamas says it will agree to PA conditions on forming joint government and holding elections. Refusal of Abbas to lift all the sanctions he imposed on the strip would portray him in a negative light
“We bring an upbeat vibe but we know everything isn’t OK”: Mekudeshet, festival of hope for Jerusalem
The vibrant and challenging annual arts festival offers a glimpse of the city Jerusalem could become
Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked’s initiative would limit the High Court of Justice from intervening and deprive the court of the power to disqualify a basic law
Award-winning play Oslo depicts drama of Israeli and Palestinian negotiations but today the picture is bleaker
The peace process as we knew it has ended, according to former Israeli and Palestinian political leaders
Adolf Eichmann’s capture in Argentina in 1960 was the highlight of the Mossad’s activity against Nazi war criminals. This activity lasted more than 30 years, but produced very poor results.
“Instead of continuing to talk about us, please talk with the people whose lives you’ve been given the power to harm”: what the plebiscite means to an Orthodox same-gender married couple
Confused about the plebiscite? Meet two of the real people whose relationships and families you are being asked to judge.
Nir Baram says Israelis on both Left and Right have failed to understand the Palestinian narrative – because they have never listened closely to the Palestinians
Land Beyond Mountains is a confronting documentary that offers a little-heard solution to the problem of the Occupied Territories.
Merav Michaeli Interview: “To the people who are throwing blame around, facts are irrelevant. Facts do not matter to them.”
An outspoken feminist Member of Knesset talks about sexism in Israel, the scare tactics of Netanyahu, and the legacy of her murdered grandfather.
Israel & Middle East
A group of Ethiopian-Israeli teens who penned a searing rap open up about racist teachers, facing discrimination and finding solidarity with Palestinians
Hosam Katan’s story reveals how coverage of the conflict has changed from a war reported by foreign correspondents to one almost entirely covered by local journalists
For those who truly and deeply value Israeli citizenship, the denationalisation of Bedouin Israelis is a threat not only to Bedouins but to the State of Israel itself
Some 30,000 Israelis and Jews visit the gravesite of Rabbi Nachman on the Jewish New Year, making it a lucrative time for those willing to put in a little effort
A Holocaust-era missive a girl sent her twin sister—who made Aliyah and now resides in Israel—has only recently been recovered in Spain, decades later. Lost WWII-era letter teen wrote to sister found in Spain (Ynetnews) Twin sisters Rachel and Fanny Gewertz were...
Meet this small Jewish community with a cooperative, can-do attitude particular to New Zealand In New Zealand’s capital, a scrappy synagogue with a big heart (The Forward) Wellington is New Zealand’s capital and its second largest city, home to 405,000 people. Since...
Executive Council of Australian Jewry says the Victorian council did not give proper thought to the way Australia’s constitution works. Rabbi Moshe Gutnick argues that a ‘no’ vote is simply a vote of conscience
Same-sex marriage, racism and hate-speech will be centre stage as far-right activists march on the streets of Melbourne on Sunday. The rally has been organised by far-right ex-Israeli Avi Yemini. Far-right and hard-left groups to face off at Melbourne 'crime wave'...
Over two days in September 1941, more than 33,000 Jews were executed by Nazi soldiers in the capital of Ukraine. Yelena Gorodetsky, 82, was one of the lucky ones — she was not executed, and is now one of only a handful of living Babi Yar survivors. Babi Yar: Survivor...
Culture & Thought
Heidegger’s philosophy is experiencing a renaissance among Israelis while being attacked in Germany, his birthplace
Two New York Jews adrift in Israel seek answers through Kafka, kabbalah and the Tel Aviv Hilton in Krauss's eagerly awaited new novel, 'Forest Dark.' Nicole Krauss's New Novel: If Kafka Met Dante in an Israeli Desert (Haaretz) If Kafka met Dante in a dark forest in...
It Cuts Both Ways: There are at least two sides to the religious circumcision debate, and no easy answers
Intactivist activism coincides with a rise in Jewish practice that is more cultural than religious.