The Third Temple

Ari Shavit's new book, Bayit Shlishi, asks the right questions about Israel's future but fails to offer compelling answers.

Too Good to be True?

The new, pluralistic permanent exhibit at the Museum of the Jewish People feels increasingly at odds with its surroundings.

Cities without a Country

A new book and a new documentary film offer a profoundly insightful and thought-provoking snapshot of the many troubling uncertainties faced by Palestinians in 2021.

Different Kinds of Silence

Reut Ben-Yaakov

The surprising parallels in the lives and poetry of Natan Zach and Aharon Almog, and their place in Israeli literary history.

In the Palace

Sam Sussman

A misadventure in love and lebensraum set in contemporary Berlin.

Elisha Appears Again

Yardenne Greenspan | Yonat Rum

An exclusive English translation of Yonat Rum's tale of loss, survival and memory, winner of Haaretz newspaper's 2018 short story contest.

“I have a good memory because I’m too weak to forget”

Shachar Pinsker

A new English selection of Avrom Sutskever's essential prose reveals the fascinating tension between the great Yiddish writer's Israeli present and his East European past.

Nehemyah

Yakov Z. Mayer | Oded Even Or

An exclusive English translation of the 2020 Sapir Prize-shortlisted novel about a man's search for the reputed messiah Sabbatai Tzvi.

Aquarium

Yaara Shehori | Todd Hasak-Lowy

An excerpt from Yaara Shehori's new novel about the relationship between two deaf sisters.

Welcome to the British Dominion of Israel

Tal Kra-Oz

A new novel boldly attempts to pad out Israel's meager counterfactual bookshelf. But a romantic fascination with the country's pre-state period is not enough to sustain a solid piece of alternate history, a genre with its own set of rules.

If Only Sally Rooney Understood How Israeli Publishing Works

Yiftach Ashkenazi

The Irish novelist's decision not to publish her latest novel with an Israeli publisher reveals her fundamental ignorance about the actual relationship between Israeli literature, the Israeli establishment, and the Occupation.