One of the greatest paradoxes of Israeli national identity is that it draws strength from the lives that are lost in its name. This process has grown particularly twisted among radical settlers, who use death to generate meaning
Israel has aligned itself with one nationalist, even anti-Semitic, regime after another. Where does that leave world Jewry?
However repulsive the racist may be, he has a logic which we must understand, because such a logic can ultimately wreak havoc
That so few Jews of Middle Eastern or North African origin have advanced in Israeli academia is a sad reflection of systematic, if unintended, discrimination.
Can the timeless fantasy of 'Beauty and the Beast' help us understand how so many American women voted for Donald Trump, an apparent sexual predator who thinks little of their dignity? | Opinion
A feeling of the uncanny accompanies the start of the new year, as Jews witness their religious and political leaders aligning themselves with anti-Semites and anti-democrats | Opinion
Trump’s election is a wake-up call for the out-of-touch left around the world.
The angry Israeli critics of artwork featuring a nude woman should aim their passions at scandalous homophobic, anti-Arab and anti-democratic acts.
The time has come to reexamine Hannah Arendt's thesis. Not all evil is banal, certainly not the kind that grips a nation with a sense of racial superiority. Israel is neither Nazi nor fascist or apartheid – but its current colonialist regime does bear a family resemblance with other evil regimes.
Friendship is free of the indignities, suffering and drama that characterize romantic love; it doesn't have an expiration date; we rarely suspect it to be a figment of our imagination. But love is what fuels our economy.
While a concerted effort in Syria, Iraq and Libya seems the only way to struggle against ISIS and Al-Qaida, Europe needs to formulate an innovative course of action.
Israel has exhibited three stages of denial in its treatment of the Palestinians since the formation of the state in 1948, allowing it to stay blind to its status as an occupying power.
The comparison between contemporary Israeli nationalism and that of France is intriguing because of the differences that emerge.
Following an outpouring of responses to claims she made about the lack of humanity among Israeli doctors, Eva Illouz tries to explain why such generalizations are warranted.
The painful story of my father's death is actually the story of a far more elusive topic: of an indifference to human distress and of the collapse of something fundamental that is unseen and yet pervasive in our society.
Few democratically elected heads of government have made fear as blatantly defining of their political discourse as the prime minister.
The message Israelis should take from recent events in France is that solidarity born of fear is not true solidarity. True solidarity can only emerge from sharing universal values, not from security-dominated patriotism.
How did ideological and political forces in Israel that 20 years ago were marginal and even perceived as deviant, come to define the terms of public discourse, successfully managing to pose as Zionism?
Secular people, including Israelis, have long been on the defensive. In fact, secularity can be endlessly demanding.
The peace industry sometimes provided hope that Israel is an enlightened nation, but the truth is they hid the fact that the occupation has eaten away our spirit of democracy.
How do concepts such as 'ahavat Israel’ and 'solidarity for the Jewish people’ square with the need for intellectuals to remain detached from their national or religious group to retain their moral integrity?
Very few struggles in history have centered on how a nation should treat a third group of people, but there are strong parallels between black slavery and Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.
Orthodox before her aliyah, Eva Illouz explains how Judaism lost its sacredness in Israel.
In excerpts from 'Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation,' Eva Illouz explains why Cupid's arrow is just the start of your pain.
Our culture, which has so much to say about love, stays bizarrely silent on the far more mysterious moment when we fall out of love.
Love as we knew it for the last few centuries in Western Europe has died and been replaced by new forms. But that old form of love continues to shine.
Is there any hope for reviving the radical spirit of the early Zionists?
Israel has forgotten what it means to be a community of hope, yet this is the best way to honor our dead.
Could Israeli Arabs represent the Israeli collective interest? In her weekly column, sociologist Eva Illouz examines whether or not Israel passes the test of liberalism.
Contemporary culture’s focus on individual satisfaction has made the traditional couple relationship much harder to achieve. With more and people opting to live on their own, is the very idea of couplehood passé?