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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?
OP-ED: IS THE CHIEF RABBINATE BECOMING OBSOLETE?
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
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?