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Arafat’s hidden victory: Eluding Israel’s attempts to kill him

The nation’s security forces tried for decades to kill the PLO leader. Now, former officials tell the story of how they failed — and how far they almost went to succeed

Guru, mystic, teacher: How the Ba’al Shem Tov invented Hasidism

The charismatic folk healer, exorcist, clairvoyant, teacher, and mystical ecstatic was said to have spoken to Satan and the Messiah-in-waiting

From Poland to Melbourne, the ‘Tattooist of Auschwitz’ shares his angst

It took three years for the man saddled with one of history’s most awful jobs to share his experiences. The book telling his story will be launched in Sydney in March

Sabich Zvi: The man who gave birth to an Israeli street food icon

When hungry patrons of a small kiosk owned by Iraqi immigrants demanded something good to eat, and an Israeli street sandwich was born

Global classroom logs on to Spain’s Sephardic history

Via his “massive open online course”, professor teaches pupils the world over about Spain's early version of globalisation

Going up? Three tales of high-rise anxiety

Israeli novelist Eshkol Nevo chronicles urban loneliness and community in a Tel Aviv apartment block

The Fiddler is on a roof in Tokyo – and really enjoying it

The musical’s essential story, a family drama, has transcended language to make it an enduring classic in the land of the Rising Sun

The closeness of neighbours, the language of enemies

Ian Black opens his history of the Israel-Palestine conflict with a note on terminology. In colloquial Arabic used by the Palestinians, Israelis are still often called Jews

WATCH VIDEO: Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, the Yiddish version

Amazing Yiddish Rendition of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’

From left liberal to vicious troll, the making of an American Nazi

How did Andrew Anglin go from being an anti-racist vegan to the alt-right’s most vicious troll and propagandist—and how might he be stopped?

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