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Oct 8, 2023, 12:23 PM
The Gaza Disengagement just died. What happens next?
First, end Hamas? Then, maybe retake the Strip? Try Palestinian autonomy again? Or we could aim for a completely new approach
May 16, 2023, 7:50 PM
Standing up to Big Pita in the holy land
In search of a good explanation for why my local shawarma place won't plate my meat with veg and hold the bread
Feb 13, 2023, 10:10 AM
A Conversation I Overheard on the Judicial Overhaul
Here is a conversation I overheard last night in a Jerusalem pub between two right-wing politicians on opposite sides of the judicial reform question. For the purposes of anonymity, I will call one of them Your Good-ole Likudnik (YGL)...
Nov 6, 2022, 4:41 PM
The Fantasy of the Center: A Preliminary Postmortem
Now that the 2022 Israeli elections are over, those of us who supported the Lapid block need to do a postmortem. To be clear, I don’t mean the unhelpful kind that includes blame and name-calling (if you are interested...
Jun 12, 2022, 5:57 PM
When Tactics Overwhelm Values
On Saturday night, Meretz supporters protested outside the home of MK Rinawie Zoabi because of her refusal to vote for the extension of the bill that applies Israeli law to settlers in Judea and Samaria. It was a surreal...
Apr 6, 2022, 12:38 PM
Idit Silman, what are you afraid of?
It's soft coercion, to be sure, but it is counterproductive; Judaism and the Jewish character of the State of Israel will suffer for it
Feb 3, 2022, 8:28 PM
‘Is Israel an apartheid state?’ is not the right question
When we ask whether the country treats its Arab population fairly, the answer is not so simple
Mar 7, 2021, 1:33 PM
You Do Not Vote Yair Lapid…? A Poem about Change
Zev-I-Am: Will you vote for Yesh Atid? Undecided Voter: I do not want Yair Lapid; I will not vote for Yesh Atid. Zev-I-Am: Small businesses with benefits; Prime Ministers with term limits. Undecided Voter: I back small business benefits; I stand for...
Jan 26, 2021, 11:20 AM
The Haredi COVID Riot in Context
Many are still reeling from the violence against enforcement of the COVID restrictions in the Haredi sector earlier this week. The problem is serious, but the COVID rioting is a symptom, not the malady itself. At its core, we...
Jan 14, 2021, 3:27 PM
Political Mergers for Knesset Runs on the Right and Left
Israeli political parties are confusing. They also work in trends, sometimes merging and sometimes splitting. In the bigger picture, Israel has basically three axes for parties: religious, political, and ethnic. How much any given party leans in one direction...
Dr. Rabbi Zev Farber is a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute's Kogod Center. He is also the senior editor of TheTorah.com and a novelist (writing as Z. I. Farber).