Two Israeli scholars examine the dramatic and surprising history of one of the oldest Jewish institutions: the sharp separation between ‘them’ and ‘us’
When the issue of religion and state becomes central to campaigns, voters move from the right-traditional religious bloc to the central-civic bloc — as long as its parties clearly brand themselves as Jewish
A rereading of ‘The Turner Diaries,’ the most popular anti-Semitic text since ‘Mein Kampf,’ reveals the depth of the anxiety over the imaginary takeover of the West by migrants. A modern incarnation of this conspiracy has infected the Jews
One of the greatest living scholars of the Talmud, Daniel Boyarin ponders the place where the two traditions were born, in brotherly rivalry but with a common biblical origin
A new identity is sweeping Israel – simultaneously traditionalist, nationalist and liberal
One little demon can drive an entire village – or a country's political right wing – crazy, and the damage isn’t done by him but by those trying to expel him
The rise and fall of Zionism as a religion
Certain people in this camp, Betzalel Smotrich among them, turn to Jewish identity and use a mythic narrative to enlist support for anti-liberal ideas
It's tragic that the people who gave humanity the ultimate story of liberation control a population without allowing it equal rights.
'May you be inscribed in the Book of Life' and 'See you later' are simply formulas we say to each other at certain times, reflecting a shared culture.
The hilltop youth are taking the values they've been taught – settling across the West Bank, strict religious observance, an imperious attitude toward the Palestinians – to the extreme. In doing so, they are taking a page from European romanticism.
It's very easy to tell ourselves we're a chosen people, and therefore that we're allowed to discriminate against others.
In a new book, political theorist Michael Walzer suggests that the reason lies in these countries' founding fathers’ derision of ancient tradition. But there’s another possibility, too.
The Promised Land was divided up according to two principles. The first was based on the number of Israelites who left Egypt in the Exodus. The second is based on the number of Israelites about to enter the land.
Both internationally and in Israel itself the distinction between the state’s Jewish character and its democratic regime is growing more acute.
Zionism is one of the success stories of the 20th century, but it has not properly addressed its religious core – specifically the Temple Mount, which can no longer be ignored.
The current drive of Jews, both Orthodox and secular, to ascend to the site of the Holy Temple and rebuild it, reflects a sea change in the Zionist camp.
Conversion - one of the deepest, most personal and most difficult processes one can undergo - is being reduced to a pathetic bureaucratic matter.
The Islamic State's recent onslaught on the Yazidi religious group in Sinjar looked suspiciously like a genocide attempt. Israel must show the Western world how to react.
Without the transcendent God, we seek truth and redemption through the phenomenal world as we see it, be it nature, our body, our mind or our feelings.
Dangers lurk when one becomes religiously observant in the hope of relieving psychological distress.
A new trend of Jewish self-help books sees Jacob advising on business matters and Harav Kook helping to overcome fears.
New legislation expands existing clause barring ceremonies outside the Rabbinate, rendering hundreds of thousands of Israelis potential criminals.
Right of reply: 'Yourofsky gives vegetarianism a bad name,' writes Tomer Persico.
An insightful new book suggests that when it comes to the issues of bodily pleasure and sexuality, the religious Zionist public is shifting from traditional halkhic discourse to a more modern discussion of inner repair and spiritual perfection.
To understand, one must dig down to the bedrock of the messianic belief held by Zionist evangelicals.