The Tel Aviv Review

Kids, try this at home: The formation of the Hebrew literary canon for children

Prof. Yael Darr discusses the not-so-dogmatic indoctrination of Hebrew-speaking children in the 1930s-1950s.

Herzl: The trials and tribulations of a visionary

Prof. Shlomo Avineri, one of Israel’s most eminent political scientists, a veteran lecturer at the Hebrew University, and former Director-General of the Foreign Ministry, and author of the book titled Herzl: Theodore Herzl and the foundations of the Jewish State, that was recently published in English.

Counterculture in escape from Israeliness

Avi Pitchon’s “Rotten Johnny and the Queen of Shivers: Counterculture in Escape from Israeliness” chronicles his personal involvement in a very specific turning point in the history of Israeli culture, both homegrown and adopted from overseas – the emergence of punk culture in the 1980s.

The plight of ‘post-ethnic’ young Israelis

On paper, Israelis of mixed ethnicity – those of both Ashkenazi and Sephardi descent – are the realization of the Zionist dream of the gathering of the diasporas; but in reality, their situation is no less troublesome.

How Freud can solve the tension inherent to multiculturalism

Psychoanalysis may serve as good meeting point between the calling of universalism and the value of pluralism, which has long since been the bane of multiculturalism

We were slaves – but not just us

Guil Bonstein, musical editor and expert on history of slavery and Caribbean history, discussed the contemporary relevancy of The Slave Ship: A Human History by American maritime historian Marcus Rediker, which recently came out in Hebrew, thanks to him.

The Palestinian ‘phantom state’: A contradiction in terms?

One of the basic tenets of most theories of the nation is that concepts like self-determination, sovereignty, and self-sufficiency are sine qua non for states. But some states — “phantom states” — have most of the attributes of sovereign states, except, well, sovereignty. One such “phantom state” is Palestine.

When did Jews start losing their religion?

Prof. David Biale of the Department of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis, talks about his recently published “Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought.”

Righteous Gentiles: The exception that proves the rule

For Polish social psychologist Michal Bilewicz, the Righteous Among the Nations serve as a case study for human behavior at times of great distress – and this group also affects the way the Holocaust is studied and remembered.

Rav Kook: Mystic in a time of revolution

Dr Yehuda Mirsky, associate professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University and author of the first biography of the maverick theologian and spiritual father of the settler movement to appear in English in over half a century.