The Tel Aviv Review

The Only Game in Town: Navigating the Conversion Charade

Dr Michal Kravel Tovi, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at Tel Aviv University, discusses her new book “When the State Winks: The Performance of Jewish Conversions in Israel”, an account of the conversion process female migrants choose to undergo in the hopes of accelerating their integration into Israeli society.

My Halakha, Your Halakha: Between Jewish Law and Jewish Life

Dr. Leon Wiener Dow, a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, discusses his new book which explores the relationship between God, law prayer, practice, and community in Jewish law.

Get to Know Gaza Before the Next War

Why isn’t Gaza a Singapore by the sea, and is there any hope or route to improvement? Veteran journalist Donald Macintyre brings years of firsthand reporting to his deeply informative and equally colorful book “Gaza: Preparing for Dawn”.

No Arbitration Without Representation: Alternative Court Systems in America

Michael Broyde, professor of law at Emory University and former rabbinical judge, discusses the constitutional, legal, and societal implications of track two arbitration in the contemporary United States.

If Someone Comes to Kill You: Exposing Israel’s History of Targeted Assassinations

Ronen Bergman’s exposĂ© reveals Israel’s deadliest secrets. It includes material never before released on the targeted assassinations that preceded the establishment of Israel and continues on to this day. He discusses why and how Israel imposes the death penalty outside of any courtroom, based entirely on its own rules.

Ladies and Gents: The Jewish Bourgeoisie in Interwar Egypt

Historian Liat Maggid-Alon discusses the emergence of a stratum of upper-middle-class Jews in early-to-mid 20th century Egypt.

To Have and Have Not: Aspirations, Fulfilled and Unfulfilled

Mika Almog discusses her new collection of short stories, “Anticipation” (ציפייה), compiling poignantly unremarkable characters and vignettes, rooted in the Israeli here and now.

Actually Existing Populism: Anti-Immigration Rhetoric and the Assault on Liberal Democracy

“Foreign Policy” Deputy Editor Sasha Polakow-Suransky’s new book explores the confluence of circumstances that led to the rise of authoritarian populism in countries that were until recently believed to be robust liberal democracies.

Putting the Criticism Back into Bible Criticism

Oxford Professor Hindy Najman is on a mission to eradicate outdated approaches to Bible criticism and introduce contemporary approaches to the field.

Have a Heart: The Dolphinarium Bombing and a Heart Transplant

Rowan Somerville joins us to discuss “Beat: The True Story of a Bomb and a Heart Transplant”, his book about a 2001 suicide bombing in Israel and the possible reprisal attack against a Palestinian man, whose family donated his heart to save a Jewish Israeli man’s life.