When I asked the woman at the register of the all-night store how her night was, she said 'Folks be cryin'.' But despair and cynicism must not allow us to leave politics only to those who degrade it.
Noah Efron teaches in the Graduate Program for Science, Technology & Society at Bar Ilan University. His forthcoming book, A Chosen Calling: Jews in Science in the Twentieth Century will be jointly published in the spring by Johns Hopkins University Press and Hebrew Union College Press.
The movement’s portrayal of Israel saddened me, because it argued with blunt force that the vision I found inspiring in the rest of the platform was not really mine to share.
We don't need Diner and Feld to be Zionists, nor to 'Stand with Israel.' We need them to bring the same humanity and discernment they show writing the history of Jews in other times and places to their analysis of the situation in Israel.
We leftists whine and complain, we only talk about how bleak and hopeless life is in Israel. We alienate all those Israelis whose support we need to bring political change.
The memoir by the former Israeli envoy to the United States presents an Israel seeking only to survive crises that – in his telling – it had no part in creating.
It’s been a year of war and recriminations, but don’t forget how successful our parents and grandparents were in building this place.
There is nothing 'truly broken' about the Israeli people, nor does the nation need to 'be replaced.' What needs to be replaced is the impatience that leads us on the left to see every election loss as final proof that our democracy is a sham, our past is a lie and our future is lost.
A New York Times op-ed suggests that a right-wing cabal has shut us Israeli leftists up, and we can do little do about it. But we haven’t been silenced. We've just failed to make our case.
In the 1960s, Israel's daily papers used to publish Pete Seeger's song lyrics, such was his popularity; the relationship became more complicated, but he never stopped urging us to keep trying for peace.
Noah Efron bought the 'Walk on the Wild Side' 45 with his bar mitzvah money. Decades later, he pays tribute to the Jew who broke all the rules.