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How Israel Got Its Energy Groove Back

Just a few years ago, Israel’s massive natural-gas fields were caught up in endless infighting. Now, thanks in part to the UAE deal, they’re about to transform the region’s economy.

Oct. 8 2020 12:01AM
Jewish Holiday Greetings Don't Make Much Sense

Jewish Holiday Greetings Don't Make Much Sense

On the overuse of ḥag same’aḥ and the redundancy of gut yuntif.
Oct. 7 2020 12:01AM
What the First Senate Hearing for a Supreme Court Nominee Shows about Today's Confirmation Process

What the First Senate Hearing for a Supreme Court Nominee Shows about Today's Confirmation Process

The possibility of another contentious confirmation hearing recalls the first the Senate ever held, which just happened to be for the first Jewish justice to sit on the court.

Oct. 6 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: Dan Senor with an Update on Israel's Economy in 2020

Podcast: Dan Senor with an Update on Israel's Economy in 2020

The co-author of Start-Up Nation joins us to look at the damage the Israeli economy has taken this year and how it can be repaired.

Oct. 2 2020 12:04AM
Sudan Hints Yes to Israel, Then It Says No, Then It Says Soon

Sudan Hints Yes to Israel, Then It Says No, Then It Says Soon

Will Sudan become the third member of the Arab League this year to normalize ties with Israel? Rumors and mixed messages abound. Here’s what we know.

Oct. 2 2020 12:01AM
The Most Expensive House in Israel

The Most Expensive House in Israel

The American billionaire Sheldon Adelson just paid $87 million for the seaside residence of America’s ambassadors to Israel. The house has an interesting history.

Sept. 30 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: Reflections for the Days of Awe

Podcast: Reflections for the Days of Awe

This week, we dig through the archives to bring you excerpts from our best conversations on faith, mortality, tradition, obligation, and sin.

Sept. 25 2020 12:02AM
What Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Online Mourners Got Right and Wrong about Jews, Death, and the Afterlife

What Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Online Mourners Got Right and Wrong about Jews, Death, and the Afterlife

When news of the Jewish justice’s death spread last week, so did a lot of weird claims about how Jews should mourn and what they believe. It’s time to clear things up.

Sept. 25 2020 12:01AM
Notes on Moving to Israel in a Pandemic

Notes on Moving to Israel in a Pandemic

The ancient Israelites, wandering in the wilderness, had more plentiful provisions than British Airways on this particular evening. How would I—we—get through this journey?

Sept. 24 2020 12:11AM
The Supreme Court Inches Toward Religious Freedom

The Supreme Court Inches Toward Religious Freedom

In its most recent term, the court handed down several decisions that protect First Amendment rights. What comes next?

Sept. 23 2020 1:10AM
How America Helped Iraq Fall under Iran’s Grip

How America Helped Iraq Fall under Iran’s Grip

The U.S. has repeatedly chosen the wrong allies in Iraq. Now Iran is poised for total control over its old adversary, a development that carries grave costs.

Sept. 22 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: Haviv Rettig Gur Talks Israel’s Deep State

Podcast: Haviv Rettig Gur Talks Israel’s Deep State

The Israeli journalist joins us to talk about the group of people in his country who are responsible, and the group of people who because of them don’t have to be responsible.

Sept. 17 2020 12:46AM
Why Are the High Holy Day Services so Long?

Why Are the High Holy Day Services so Long?

The liturgy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is full of liturgical poems that stretch the bounds of the Hebrew language and the patience of worshipers.

Sept. 17 2020 12:01AM
Will New York City's Orthodox Jews Leave Too?

Will New York City's Orthodox Jews Leave Too?

After a summer of chaos, wealthy and secular New Yorkers are fleeing in droves. Brooklyn’s Jews aren’t thrilled, but for them leaving isn’t so easy, or so desirable.

Sept. 15 2020 12:01AM