Tel Aviv Review

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.

The Faith of Fallen Jews: The greatness of a Jewish historian

What made Yosef Haim Yerushalmi one of the greatest Jewish historians of his generation?

The feminist squad: Fight the army like a woman

The army is one of the most masculine institutions in modern societies, which makes it a perfect target for a feminist critique.

Zionism, Apartheid, Blackface: Africa in Israeli Culture

In the early years of statehood, Israeli culture was teeming with references to Africa. Israel’s fascination with the black continent derived from particular cultural, political and social contexts that are analyzed in a new book.

Menachem Begin: Israel’s most ‘Jewish’ leader

Dr Daniel Gordis, author of “Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s Soul,” explains why Israel’s sixth prime minister was the country’s most “Jewish” leader.

Alfred Dreyfus, the man behind the affair

A new exhibition at Beit Hatefutsot – the Museum of the Jewish People – explores the private life of the most unintentionally famous Jew of modern times.

Ciao, Jews: Mussolini’s race laws under scrutiny

Prof. Michael Livingstone of the School of Law at Rutgers University, author of the forthcoming The Fascists and the Jews of Italy: Mussolini’s Race Laws 1938-1943, talks about this often overlooked episode in modern European history, and dwells on his unique perspective as a legal scholar.

The first Zionist monkey

Elia Etkin of the School of History at the Tel Aviv University talks about her research of the history of the now-defunct Tel Aviv zoo between 1938-1958, amid a changing political, social and cultural climate.

Soviet Jews: A social movement where none existed

Prof. Yaacov Ro’i, author of “The Jewish Movement in the Soviet Union,” discusses the specific features of the movement and what distinguished it from other dissident movements in the Communist bloc.