It's no coincidence that the father of modern Jewish historiography opens his key work with Joshua, not Abraham. This is the history of a nation, even if the religion was destined to become a major element.
The new effort to create educational and social programs for young refugees stranded in Greece is the latest Israeli initiative aimed at helping victims of the civil war.
Naftali Bennett and his ilk believe the U.S. president will pave the way to an expanded Israel and care little about the price of that alliance.
The synthesis of Zionism and socialism has disintegrated, making way for a winning symbiosis of religion and strong ethno-nationalism.
In his rather radical survey of Jewish literature from antiquity to the last century, Adam Kirsch highlights the importance of eclectic religious and worldly texts and authors for synagogue-shy Jews today.
For his patriotic pains, Werner Scholem was one of the first people the Nazis arrested after they took power.
In the early 1900s, an Orthodox Jewish writer envisioned Jews and Arabs living side by side in peace. Jews chose insularity instead.
The face of Israel nowadays is that of settlement thugs behind whom a cowardly Benjamin Netanyahu hides.
The Palestinian refugee problem, and particularly its continuation, is not a result of the events of the 1948 war itself, but of an Arab and Palestinian decision to convey a clear message.
We need to stop rose-tinting the past. Serious Israel engagement has always been a minority pursuit, not least for Diaspora Jewish teens.