1990/Who am I, what?

Alex Moshkin Arik Eber Zackary Sholem Berger

Two poems that use humor to revise the traditional narrative of Soviet Jews' triumphal arrival in Israel.

Like the Face of a Dog

Omri Ben Yehuda

Coronavirus, Israel, and the Global Politics of Fake

Departing from the Narrative

Avery Weinman

A new book about Jewish emigration from Palestine and Israel in the post-war period changes the Zionist concept of yeridah into a history of migration.

Shelter Shelter

Adi Sorek

A poetic exploration of the Tel Aviv University's shelter signs and the Talmudic Cities of Refuge.

Seeking Redemption: On Religious Anti-Occupation Politics

Joshua Leifer

In a new book, one of Israel's most prominent left-wing activists makes his case through a thousand years of Jewish scholarship.

A Question of Priorities

Abe Silberstein

Two ostensibly very different books shine an illuminating light on debates surrounding Palestinian political goals and identity.

The Bible: Alive and Kicking

Yael Unterman

The Bibliodrama method brings the Bible alive for 21st Century Israeli and Diaspora Jews.

The Gaza Blockade

Seth Frantzman

Evaluating 15 years of mixed results.

Fighting Covid: The Israeli Doctrine

Arieh Kovler

A deep dive into how Israel has fought COVID-19, how it has fought it differently from other countries, and what the results of its struggle have been.

A People’s History of 1948

Yaël Mizrahi-Arnaud

Three recent studies enrich the historiography of the 1948 War and its aftermath, by moving away from state-centered policies and focusing on the lived experiences of ordinary individuals.

Keystein Cops

Nathan Abrams

How do televisual-cinematic representations of Israeli policemen (and women) compare to those of their Mossad counterparts?

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.

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.

The Third Temple

Ari Hoffman

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