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Israel's Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef (L) and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau.

Israel's rabbinate is more irrelevant than ever

The rabbinate has become increasingly loathed even in its 'home court' – consisting of religious Jews both in Israel and abroad.

An Israeli naval vessel in the Mediterranean sea, 2015.

Israeli media shows only half the picture in Gaza

Reporting on rocket fire from Gaza into Israel regularly omits mention of Israeli use of force against the coastal strip. Is it any wonder that Israelis perceive Gazans as motivated by pure evil?

Girlfriend of Israeli soldier Tal Yifrah mourns as his comrades carry his coffin. July 22, 2014.

Have Israelis really moved on from last year's war?

SPECIAL MULTIMEDIA PROJECT: Conventional wisdom is that Israelis showed enormous resilience during last year's Gaza war – but many are belatedly showing symptoms of trauma.

Sami Awad of the Holy Land Trust speaks to Encounter participants on a West Bank hilltop.

A Palestinian reality few American Jews ever see

Founded a decade ago, the Encounter program has quietly become a key route by which a new generation of American Jews meet Palestinians, learn about the realities on the ground, and come to new conclusions about the conflict.