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A Public Yom Kippur

Minister Nachman Shai: It is time for a new paradigm in Israeli-Diaspora

Rosh Hashanah or January 1st?

Herzl and the First Zionist Congress: Then and now

High Court Snuffs Out Hope for Tech-Savvy Haredim

How Much Should Israel Value Jewish Interests Over its Own?

Abortion Rights Clash Bodes Ill for US Jews and Israel Ties

Palestinian Weakness is a Curse for Israel, Not a Blessing

Biden Middle East Trip: Where National Polarization Meets Party Polarization

A Fight for the Right to Poverty and Ignorance

US Ponders Agonizing Handshake in Saudi Arabia It Wants to Avoid

Israel’s Coalition Didn’t Fail. It Set a New Bar

Israel’s Elections Reawaken U.S. Jews’ Trauma

The Rise of the French Anti-System Parties: Implications for European Jewry

Is Evangelical Support for Israel Really Unequivocal?

Judging the ‘Ethics’ of Israel’s Defense and Foreign Policy

Israel and the US: Danger just around the corner

I am not a ‘disease carrier’

‘Covenant’: Creating a Jewish conversion spectrum

What drives us, interests or morality?

Australian Jewish Community Looks to the Future

Is there basis to Lavrov’s Comments on Hitler, Judaism and Antisemitism?

Generalizing about All Arabs is as Bad as Antisemitic Generalizations

MK Yitzhak Pindrus the haredi bulldozer

The BDS Pound of Flesh

The Israeli government must cooperate with J Street

An inclusive Jewish nationalism opens itself to refugees

An Inclusive Jewish Nationalism Opens Itself to Refugees

The last of the ‘gedolim’

Will China repeat America’s mistakes in the Middle East?

From Generation to Generation, Great Rabbis Come and Go – But the System Remains the Same

The Advice I Gave Madeleine Albright When She Found Out She Was Jewish

How the Abraham Accords Can Also Help Restore Israel–American Jewry Relations

Responding to Amb. Shoval: Judge us based on who we are, not who we were

The Jewish Agency has a vital mission – but first, it needs a shake-up

Chief rabbi’s call for Ukrainian Jews to immigrate is hypocritical

These are the implications for Russian Jewry if Russia wins

Poverty in the haredi sector is not destiny

Should Israel Count World Jewry?

Erdan is fit to continue representing the Israeli government at the UN

Israel as Myth: Challenges and Opportunities


Reparations, Restitution and the Price of Forgetting

The Haredi Leadership: Crime and its Punishment

High Noon: The Rabbi versus the Colonel

To Repair the Whole, We Must Understand its Parts

AIPAC’s Gamble

Political Extremism and the Jews

So how, in fact, do Haredi women behave?

Europe needs to allow Jews to practice shechita

Too many changes to Israel’s Basic Laws can erode democracy

What’s Next for Israel-Saudi Arabia Ties?

The Government’s Housing Plan: Too Little, Not Socially Innovative, and Where are the Local Authority Heads?

Measurement as a Policy Weapon in a New Age of Antisemitism

The Threat of War Is the Only Way to Achieve Peace with Iran

Climate action in Israel as a bridge for Jewish peoplehood

Is Israeli-Palestinian peace a dream for the naive?

Why won’t Sally Rooney allow her latest novel to be translated into Hebrew by an Israeli publisher?

Environmental Protection is a Jewish Matter of Life and Death

High Court Judge Selection is Critical in Israel’s Culture War

Who’s In Favor of the Kashrut Reform? Those Who Don’t Much Care About Kashrut

The Secular in Israel Must Enter the Jewish Arena

Beyond Naming and Shaming: New Strategies Needed to Combat Antisemitism

In Gilboa Prison, a Glimpse of Israel’s Impending Disaster

From Tribalism to Cohesion, and the Israeli Cultural War

Israel and American Jewry – Pause a Moment before the Abyss

The US has Found Itself Mired in Muck and Blood Only Because of Utopian Visions of Democracy

The (non-)draft law for Haredim

Israel’s chance for a reset with American Jewry and Democrats

Should Israel be apprehensive following the US abandonment of Afghanistan?

Artem – Brother or Other?

What Israelis Want: Kosher Food at Affordable Prices

Is the Future of European Jewry in Danger?

Is the Future of European Jewry in Danger?

The missed potential of Tisha B’Av

High Court gender segregation ruling provides for ‘A Room of Their Own’

How can Israel convince gentiles if it can’t convince Jews?

Iran as a Challenge to the Jerusalem-Washington-American Jewry Triangle

The Pew 2020 survey in the context of demographic studies, and US Jewry in the global Jewish context

Israel-Diaspora Relations and the Pew Report

One, Two, or Three Jewish Identities among Jewish Americans?

The 2021 Arab Israeli Riots and their Consequences

Israel’s confrontation with Hamas is a strategic wake-up call

Was the Coronavirus Year Really One of Deepening Polarization?

Jewish Families Project

Climate Change and the Jewish Question

Why is it so Hard to Order Religion and State Relations in Israel?

The Haredim: What Was Is Not What Will Be

The downside of Blinken’s encouraging confirmation hearing – opinion

Of Whales and Members of Knesset

Trump’s defeat ends the Israeli right’s long celebration

On Israel-Palestine, Biden Is Not Just Another Version of Obama

Yitzhak’s Blood Cries Out to us from the Ground

Must Israel ‘support Washington to face down Beijing?’ – analysis

No substitute for Oslo and the ‘new Middle East’ – opinion

Ultra-Orthodox Non-Compliance Rests on Fear

An Organized Civil Disobedience Campaign

At the Crossroads: The Ultra-Orthodox Community and Israeli Society

From Politics to a Holy War

Cries of Protest vs. Cries of Prayer

Israeli Tribalism Will Be the Death of Us

Gavison’s Last Will and Testament

On Induction Cookers, Non-Jews and God

Tisha Be’av: A Social Tragedy From Then to Now

Applying Israeli sovereignty: It’s now or never – opinion

Two Identity Cards

The State of Tel Aviv is Founded

No More Shame – No More Responsibility

Another Unnecessary War of the Jews

On the Street or in the Courtroom?

The Rule of Law Over the Ruler

Sanity Prevails: 11 to 0

Moment of Truth for Judicial Restraint

Two Hedgehogs and a Hydra

The Yom Kippur of the Ultra-Orthodox

Don’t Manage a Crisis under Threat of Investigation

Virus and Democracy

Israel’s Third Elections Marks the Defeat of Rabbi Kook’s Dream

What’s at Stake in This Election?

A Blow to the IDF as the ‘People’s Army’

Our Jewish Solidarity is Eroding

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

Rabbis in Politics—A Disaster for Both

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel vs. the Jews

A Vote of Confidence in the Rule of Law

It Boils Down to Netanyahu’s Conspiracy Theories

The Decade in Review: Religion and State

Israeli Voters – Not Judges

Only the Voters can Put a Prime Minister Out to Pasture

Justice in the Courtroom, Not in the Streets

Assault on Israel’s Judicial System: The Angel of History is Watching Us

The Coming Capitalist Revolution

Jewish or Democratic? We Mustn’t Choose Between Them

In Praise of Normalcy

Solidarity is a Must for the Survival of the Jewish people

Is Israel like Iran? Hardly

Jewish Identity is Highly Explosive: Handle with Care

DNA Tests for Jewishness

Conversion: Joining a Religion or Joining a Nation?

Solidifying the Israel-Diaspora Relationship

The Liberal-Democratic Camp Will Keep on Losing Elections

From Isolation to Integration

Celebrating Voter’s Day

Too Much Religion in the Knesset?

The Jewish Home Has Forgotten What It Means To Be Jewish

Take Great Care When You Limit Freedom of Expression

Netanyahu vs. the State of Israel?


Time to Vote for a Bloc!

Israeli And Diaspora Jews: ‘We Are Siblings, Not Cousins’

Observing the World from Our Own Perspective

A Lethal Virus

When the Government Provides Religious Services

Two Democracies for Two Peoples

The new (literary) engagement with Israel

Beit Shemesh and Tel Aviv

Faith and the City

Are We Guilty? Are We Traitors?

Rosh Hashanah: The Personal and the National

We’re Staunch Zionists. And We Are Worried About Israel’s Democracy

Israel Is Repeating The Mistakes That Led To The Temple’s Destruction

Is it time to do away with Tisha B’Av?

The Nation State Bill is a Constitutional Abandonment of Diaspora Jewry

The Attack on Legal Oversight Threatens Us All

Bnei Brak and Washington

The Assault on the Rule of Law

Will Netanyahu Surrender to the Annexation Camp?

How Much Should Jewish Law Control the Jewish State?

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu’s landmark visit to India

From Peoplehood to Brotherhood

Who are the ultra-Orthodox?

Israel: Crying or Laughing?

How Much Do Diaspora Jews Matter To Israel?

Are Judges Objective?

Two Jewish Nations and the Abyss Between Them

Harmful Revolution: The Nation-State Bill’s Assault on Equality

Religion Can Be the Bridge Linking Jews and Muslims

Religion and State in Israel: Charting a New Course for 5778

This Yom Kippur, Let’s Turn Down the Volume

Ultra-Orthodox in the IDF: A Ticking Time Bomb

Memories of an Anti-Semitic State Department

Is the Chief Rabbinate’s Monopoly on Kashrut Over?

The Voice of Our Brothers’ Blood

What remains of the religious status quo?

Op-Ed: Putting the Kotel Decision in Context

Israel’s ‘Status Quo’ On Religion Is In Chaos

Leviathans, Minnows and the Rule of Law

Op-Ed: Red Lines Belong to the People

Voyage to Identity

Battling Over Equality

Op-Ed: When Craziness Makes Sense

Israel at 69 — Not What You Think

Personal Holocaust, Personal Responsibility

Op-Ed: Criticism of Israel is not Anti-Semitic – But it Quickly Leads There

The Festival of Freedom and Responsibility

Passover: Nationalism, Freedom and Humanism

A Threat to the Foundations of Jewish Peoplehood

Hijab, Kippah, Crucifix

The Most Dangerous Terrorist in Israel is Someone You’ve Never Heard Of

Op-Ed: Intel, Mobileye, and the Coming Technological Revolution

Op-Ed: Shifts in the West: Impacts on Israel and the Jewish People

Love and Identity: A Personal Story of a JPPI Senior Partner

What these Conservative Supreme Court Justices Won’t Do

Is Israeli Society Frail Or Flourishing?

Is Israeli Society Falling Apart?

Op-Ed: Why Anti-BDS Legislation is Important… But Ultimately Limited

Op-Ed: The Trump Win: Hoping for a Strong America to Advance a Peace Initiative

How To Prevent A Religious Civil War From Consuming Western Europe

Rosh Hashanah Resolution

Is Israeli Society Healthy or Afflicted?

How to Save Israel’s Shabbat

Surprised? Meet Israel’s New political Center

Israel’s Tragedy: One Country, Separate School Systems

Clinton Could Have Clout Over Israel

Companions on a Shared Quest

A New Approach To Dealing With Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox

A Holy War Over Israel’s Character

Time to Allow Everyone to Worship at the Foot of the Temple Mount as they Wish

Op-Ed: Natan Sharansky on the late Elie Wiesel

The ‘Religionization’ of Israel is Troubling, but the Fears About it are Hysterical

An Israeli Shabbat

Trump, Clinton and the King of Moab

One Judaism, Two Nations

Op-Ed in WSJ: The Improbable Happiness of Israelis

The Jewish Happiness Index

Passover To Independence Day: From Miracles To Responsibility

Op-Ed: BDS Is Not The Answer

Israel’s New Conversion Laws Give Power to the People

Jewish, Democratic and Equal

The Moral Imperative

Op-Ed: A lesson from 1980

Judicial Appointment Highlights Dramatic Changes Among Israeli Haredim

The Mikveh Bill: When My Purity Means Your Impurity

Op-Ed: Understanding Pew- Factoring in Israeli culture

Op-Ed: The Truth from the U.S.

The Charedi Draft: Here We Go Again

‘Jewish and Democratic’ Even in Tough Times

The Rabin Assassination and Religious Responsibility

Rabin memorial into ‘Israeli Democracy Day’

Op-Ed: The New Jewish Underground

Praying with ‘Sinners’

An Israeli Version of Repentance

The End of the Chief Rabbinate?

Should Jews Pray on the Temple Mount Today?

Keeping Kosher: By Faith, Not By Force

Op-Ed: Securing an Acceptable Iran Deal in the Long Run

An Open Letter to the New Minister of Religious Services

The Haredi Draft: Snakes and Ladders

Op-Ed: Best of Luck to Rivlin

Op-Ed: A Speech and a Wake-Up Call

The Elephant in the Room: Relations between Religion and State in Israel

New Partners in the Struggle Against Terrorism

Op-Ed: Democratic Crisis or Jewish Catastrophe?

Op-Ed: Fear-mongering and Jewish Peoplehood

Is There a Place for God in the Israeli Army?

Israeli Democracy Day: Yitzhak Rabin’s Legacy for the Future

Adviser or Prosecutor? Israel’s Attorney General Can’t be Both

Shmita: Rest, Share, Release

A Social Iron Dome for Jewish-Arab Relations

The Holyland Sentencing: A Faithful City?

A Jewish State Warrants Our Sacrifice

The Lessons of Passover: We are the Other

Is “Israeli” a Nationality?

The Haredi Draft: Is the Shaked Committee’s Bill Destined to be Overturned?

The Haredi Draft: Equality Now?!

The Binding of the Boy from Damascus

Sir Isaac Newton and the New Haredim

The High Holidays: A Personal and National Time

How Can We Draft the Ultra-Orthodox with Consent?

The Ultra-Orthodox Draft: Crossing the Third Rubicon

The Referendum Law: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate: My Beloved Turned Away

The Ultra-Orthodox Draft: A Test of the New Israeli Politics

The Peri Committee Recommendations: Fanning the Flames of Haredi Extremism

Conversion in Israel: From Bethlehem to Chelm to Sodom

Op-Ed: Remembering Jack Kay, ‘A Giant in the Jewish World’

Israel at 65: The Tale of a Sleeping Beauty

The Haredi Draft: The Need for an Alliance of the Moderates

A Coalition of Hope

Habayit Hayehudi and Refusal of Orders: The Real Question

Religious Zionism: Integration or Isolation?

The Haredim and the State of Israel

Israel Independence Day – For What Kind of State?

The Allure of Miracles

Justice vs. Law: King Solomon and Ivan the Terrible

The Tal Law: Judicial Activism at its Height

In the Aftermath of the Tal Law

The Exclusion of Women and Control of the Public Sphere

A Jewish and Undemocratic State?

The Responsibility of a Sovereign State

The Democratic Year in Review: The Knesset’s Missed Opportunity

A Tragedy of Errors

The Quality of Independence

Religious Incitement: A Test Case for Freedom of Speech?

Op-Ed: Israel Is a Victim of Turkey’s Transformation

An analysis of the proposed comprehensive counter-terrorism bill that was prepared by IDI’s Terrorism and Democracy research team and submitted to the Ministry of Justice.

Op-Ed: The Morning After

Op-Ed: Debasing a Foundational Idea

Loyalty is Not a Value

A Boycott on Both Your Houses

Judaism’s Gatekeepers

Who Really Cares about Converts?

From Ruth to Natasha

Decade in Review: A Rocky Road for Israeli Courts

Dismantling Sectarian Cities of Refuge

Our False Apprehensions

Right of Reply: The Jewish Case for the Israel Democracy Institute

Gamblers in Disguise

Executive Salaries and the Financial Crisis

Orthodox Ought to Lead the Search for a Solution: How Should Israel Treat Refugees from Darfur?