JRB | Israel
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Rereading Herzl’s Old-New Land
A bad novel, but an important and prescient book.
The Kibbutz and the State
How the position of the kibbutz in Israeli society has changed, and why.
Athens or Sparta?
Accused by Patrick Tyler of unfairness, Morris presses on.
The Poet from Vilna
Avrom Sutzkever and Max Weinreich, a memoir.
Walkers in the City
Herman Melville was unimpressed with Jerusalem in 1857, but what would he say if he were a saunterer on Mamilla or King George today?
Moses Mendelssohn Street
Immortality in Jerusalem.
Walking the Green Line
New books about the settlers and the settlements and depth and nuance to the discussions about their existence.
Sari Nusseibeh’s recent book is a new formulation of an old proposal.
Fathers & Sons
This summer, as the current Askhenazi chief rabbi was being investigated for corruption, and issues of religion and state dominated public debate, new Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbis were elected. The process was messy, complicated, and ugly. The result? Sixty-eight votes apiece for the sons of two previous chief rabbis. What does a broken rabbinate mean for Israel?
Yehuda Amichai: At Play in the Fields of Verse
Yehuda Amichai was an exuberant person with a lively, impish sense of humor. He was, at the same time, a melancholy man. Both traits are present in his poetry.
Israel’s Arab Sholem Aleichem
Sayed Kashua’s new novel presents a characteristic depiction of the dual identities of Israel’s Arabs.
Riding Leviathan: A New Wave of Israeli Genre Fiction
A new batch of Israeli fantasy books may not contain Narnias, but they pound on the wardrobe, rattling the scrolls inside.
Hope, Beauty, and Bus Lanes in Tel Aviv
From the floor of Tel Aviv’s City Council, Israel’s future looks more promising than many would think.
Rov in a Time of Cholera
From limiting minyan sizes to magical amulets, a look at how one rabbi faced waves of cholera epidemics over his long 19th-century career.
Are We all Kahanists Now?
Shaul Magid attempts to show us how much contemporary Jews have inherited from a man most have tried to forget.
Most liberal Israelis once believed the 1990s-era Western narrative about Israeli-Palestinian peace: that the Palestinians would eventually be satisfied with a state alongside Israel, that everyone desired the same kind of progress, that maximalist rhetoric on the Arab side masked more modest goals, and that the Palestinian talk about millions of refugees and their “right of return” to Israel was a starting position that was bound to be bargained away.
A Dashing Medievalist
Ernst Katorowicz had great courage and old-world personal charm—his Berkeley students were mesmerized by him.