Tel Aviv Review

Kahane Lives On

Although he came to prominence in Israel, as the undisputed emblem of the far-right, Rabbi Meir Kahane was a quintessential American Jew, claims Prof. Shaul Magid in his new book

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The Past Is Never Dead – But Maybe It Should Be

After reporting on the cruelest wars of the late 20th century, journalist and cultural critic David Rieff concluded that remembering history was no defense against repeating it, and could even be a culprit

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A City in Text

Dr Yair Wallach discusses the changing nature and meaning of text – from stone inscriptions to street names to business cards – in Jerusalem of the late 19th and early 20th centuries

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The Many Faces of Edward Said

Timothy Brennan’s new biography of Edward Said, the feted Palestinian-American scholar, explores the different aspects of a quintessential 20th-century intellectual

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Climate Change: A Middle Eastern Perspective

Prof. Dan Rabinowitz discusses the role of the Middle East as both a major generator and a primary victim of climate change

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How Revolutionary Was Israel’s ‘Constitutional Revolution’?

Prof. Amichai Cohen explains the changing role of the High Court of Justice in maintaining the checks and balances of Israeli democracy

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Governance vs. Governability: More Than Just Semantics

How did governance and governability become a partisan issue? And what is the role of the public service in safeguarding the will of the people?

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The Naked Truth

We take a detour to follow the path of American nudists (intellectually). From the late 19th century to the prudish post-war years, through to the let-loose sexual revolution, historian Sarah Schrank reveals all, in her book “Free and Natural: Nudity and the American Cult of the Body”

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Are All Undemocratic Autocrats Autocratic In Their Own Way?

The putative omnipotence of Vladimir Putin has led many to view Russia as a uniquely autocratic country. Timothy M. Frye argues that Russia is neither completely unique, nor primordially prone to strongman leadership – the explanations are far more complex

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This Land Is My Land, It Isn’t Your Land

A historian’s hunch led Nancy MacLean to the archives of James McGill Buchanan, the Nobel Prize-winning economist who also incidentally became the patron saint of the Koch brothers. Her book sparked a controversy as deep as her subjects

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