Sunday, March 24, 2019


Redeeming Haim Hazaz

10:29 08 April
by Darren Pinsker When the Israeli writer Haim Hazaz died in 1973, his reputation was so lofty in the world of modern Hebrew letters that one observer would write in the Jewish Book Annual, “He was one of Israel’s most honored writers of fiction and...

Q&A: Naomi Tsur on Women in Jerusalem Politics

16:23 21 October
Naomi Tsur spent five years as a third-string deputy to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, responsible for the ancient city’s urban planning and environmental sustainability files. But when she grew tired earlier this year of the backseat her policy initiatives were taking at male-dominated city hall,...

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?