'Instead of relying on other writers' plots, please be so good as to invent plots of your own,' the critic said, unaware of the author's identity
In the great Turkish metropolis, homophobia and gender oppression coexist with an ancient tradition of nonbinary splendor
French writer Frédéric Martel, whose new book exposes the sexual secrets of the Vatican, explains how the moral rot of the Catholic Church is rooted in its clergy's repressed homosexuality
The consummate Israeliness that Amos Oz purportedly described in his books has expired; no one is left to carry on his seductive and bewitching admonitions, in which few still believe
It has long been clear that freedom of artistic expression isn’t a supreme value, so Culture Minister Miri Regev’s ‘cultural-loyalty bill’ deserves praise
In new exhibition, the works of Jewish-American architect Louis Kahn, the man who wanted to rebuild Jerusalem, are given new life through the lenses of Turkish photographer Cemal Emden
Recently translated to Hebrew, Alaa Al-Aswany's dark novel is swirling with evil that comes cloaked in a deceptive wrapping marked by nostalgic appeal
Despite the political upheaval and suppression of intellectuals, the country's literary scene flourishes. A conversation with the courageous poet Efe Duyan.
In a penitent farewell offering, Haaretz's controversial columnist explains how he allowed his role of 'amusing devil' to take control of his life - and his conscience.
There's no way of settling this question - but what is clear is that empathy for the suffering of Israelis is foreign to tribal Palestinian society.
When you’re laughed at in public – for example, on a popular TV show – you are effectively canonized. That's the prize, or perhaps punishment, for breaking a taboo.
In the contest of who is the most vulgar, the left-wing icon Noa or the right-wing culture minister Miri Regev, Noa wins hands-down.
In a throwback to medieval times, everyone on Israel’s right and left is trying to find their own demon for the country’s woes.
Any of the terrible things the right-wing government is ostensibly doing to culture, the enlightened left has already done better.
The recent media storm over the ‘wedding of hate’ video proves that transparency has become the most-prized, and overrated, virtue in Israel.
Even when we are appalled by the antics of some right-wing groups, their actions aren't always as absurd as they may initially appear.
Why are Israelis attacking Donald Trump? After all, his vision of barring Muslims has been implemented for years here.
But when the writer comes from outside, from the realms of the Third World, the lay reader in Europe thinks to himself: What fun! Why don’t our fossilized old authors write with in that kind of fun style?
‘Long live Viktor Orbán!’ I mumble under my breath, for fear of being lynched if I am suspected of racism and Islamophobia.
Palestinian author Yasmine Zahran tries to persuade readers that the negative image associated with the Roman emperor Philip is the result of age-old anti-Arab sentiments.
Recent events, in particular the tragic murder at the Jerusalem Pride Parade, will make a lot more sense if we rid ourselves of a number of myths that people use to flatter themselves.
Over dinner, Benny Ziffer discovered that Sara has a marvelous sense of humor and Benjamin has a phenomenal memory for details. Yes, he's talking about the prime minister and his wife.
The agreement with Iran is not just a victory for Islam but also evidence that the West’s power to fight for its cultural and ethical principles has waned.
Entrusting the treasures of Middle Eastern civilization to the Arab people is turning out to have been a criminal mistake, argues Benny Ziffer.
To treat soldiers' testimonies of the exception as reality is misleading, and particularly problematic when outsiders use them to vilify Israel.
On the creeping submission to the fashionable boycott of Israel.
The attack on Regev, to the effect that her appointment as culture minister heralds the end of culture, is a product of panic and foolishness.
There are still a few responsible adults around who haven't surrendered to the self-righteous kitsch of national victimization.
The PM's crude meddling enabled selection of an excellent Mizrahi recipient for the literature prize.
On a never-ending ping-pong game and the ethnic divide.