All eyes on Tehran

David Daoud

A new book recounts the most recent decades of Iran’s quest to destroy Israel through a slow process of strangulation and attrition, and Israel’s attempts to resist through a combination of clandestine, kinetic, and diplomatic means. Its admirably sober tone is at once refreshing but also chilling.

Rotted Hinterland

Ariyeh Benjamin

I am in Massafer Yatta now, in the South Hebron Hills. It’s winter. The desert is bizarrely green. After 7 October, the unease has been replaced by absolute terror. Terror permeates itself through every second of every day. It always approaches; every tick of the clock is riddled with fear.

My Life With a Tel Aviv Icon

Dana Kessler

Ruthy Ish Cassit, widow of Moshe—owner of the eponymous Café Cassit, hangout of Tel Aviv's beau monde—has written a memoir chronicling her life alongside the greatest celebrities of the 1970s. While prone, perhaps inevitably, to namedropping, "Kach Hayinu" is an honest account of a deservedly mythical age.

Sharp Longing, in Jerusalem

Liza Michaeli

Ты пахнешь Израилем: You smell of Israel, my mother says to me every time I return from Israel. The truth is, this smell never goes away.

The Nazi Invention of Anti-Imperialist Antizionism

Lars Fischer

With the completion of the genocide against European Jewry in sight, they worried that antisemitism might no longer own the same mobilizing force once Europeans, and Germans in particular, were no longer confronted with real-life Jews, and this even though the fight was far from over. This was when they focused their propaganda on Zionism, the face of "Jewish Imperialism", and on Chaim Weizmann, "the single most dangerous troublemaker in the world."

A Joke, But a Very Serious One Indeed

Abe Silberstein

In a new book, historian Shlomo Sand presents an overview of the ideologies, movements and personalities associated with the political Left. The reactions of contemporary Leftists to Hamas' October 7 massacre serve as a pitch-perfect test of their legacy.

Islamic Law in the Lands of War

Muhammad Al-Atawneh Sabina Abdulaev

A new book - which focuses on Israel - explains the role played by Islamic law in countries where Muslims are in the minority.

For Whom Do I Toil?

Tomer Gardi

On Globalization and Contemporary Hebrew World Literature.

A Man of Israel

Alex Harris

The crucial role played by Jewish tradition in the thought of leading Labor Zionist thinker Berl Katznelson.

The First Women

Dana Kessler

A new book about the women of the Bible reveals an impressive variety of heroines - both familiar and unknown - and their relevance for our times.

A Jew Among Muslims

Dina Lisnyansky

A new book tells us what it's like to be the only Israeli Jew studying at an Islamic Arab college.