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FICTION: Sons of Shuka

15:25 25 September
Life can be hard, even terrifying for a person who wakes up in the morning and doesn’t know where he wants to have his coffee. Yoram awoke on that morning–a wintery autumn morning–and decided to warm up with a strong cappuccino at Caesar’s, a 15-minute...

How Jew-Friendly Persia Became Anti-Semitic Iran

16:15 14 June
The complex tale of how the Persian Empire founded by Cyrus the Great—the world’s “first” Zionist—metamorphosed into the Israel-Hating nation we know today. Abdol Hossein Sardari didn’t look like a hero. But when Paris fell to Hitler in June 1940, the 30-year-old Muslim—a dapper man...

The Muskie

16:57 24 May
It’s a picture in one of 13 shoeboxes of pictures. 1973. Two middle-aged men stand leaning forward against the top rail of a fence. One of them–my father–towers over the other one, whose skin is taut against his face and neck. Between them six fish,...

The Story of Sergey Brin

16:14 06 May
It takes a bit of searching to find Sergey Brin’s office at the Googleplex. Tucked away in a corner of Building #43 on this sprawling campus near the southern tip of San Francisco Bay, past rows of colorfully decorated cubicles and dorm-like meeting spaces, Office...

A House Divided

14:55 01 May
Following the end of apartheid, students living in the dorms of the University of the Free State in South Africa heartily embraced integration. At first it went well, then the students chose to resegregate. What caused social progress to surge forward and then reverse course?

Nathan Guttman: Between Iraq and a Hard Place

18:04 27 March
Why is America’s strongest faith-based bloc that opposes the war—the Jewish community—sitting this conflict out? From the front lines of the civil-rights movement through the Vietnam War protests and up to the campaign to stop genocide in Darfur, American Jews have never been shy about...

Solar Eclipsed?

14:05 28 February
Thanks to Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, the Jewish state was a pioneer in solar power. Now some of the country’s brightest solar innovators say they are being held back by red tape and a lack of government support.

Bell Man

15:50 08 February
One of the last in a lineage of great Jewish violinists, this “farm boy” of the American heartland drives a Porsche and plays the world’s most famous “Jewish” violin. Joshua Bell’s tall frame tilts sideways on the sleek gray banquette of the Tamarind Tea Room,...

Fiction | A Beggar’s Place

19:53 15 January
It’s raining again, and Estrella takes her green umbrella with her. Six, seven years ago, when she could afford to catch a cold now and then, she left her umbrella back at her apartment, deliberately. Only a cruel person would refuse to give a few...