The Tel Aviv Review

Church, State and Hospital: Haredi Encounters With Healthcare Services

Dr Ben Kasstan, medical anthropologist at the University of Sussex and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discusses his new book “Making Bodies Kosher: The Politics of Reproduction Among Haredi Jews in England.”

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The Jewsraelis: Portrait of a People, Portrait of a Nation

Shmuel Rosner, journalist, editor and senior research fellow at JPPI discusses his new book, “Israeli Judaism,” an attempt at a snapshot of current Israeli attitudes towards Judaism as a religion, as peoplehood and as tradition.

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What’s Eating Russian Artists?

Liza Rozovsky writes about contemporary Russian culture under ongoing forms of political oppression, alongside artistic expressions of the experiences former Soviet immigrants to Israel. Her subjects touch on alienation, marginalization, subversion and defiance in literature, drama, art and politics.

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We Forgave the Germans, and Then We Were Friends

How did Ben Gurion and first post-war German chancellor Konrad Adenauer become sincere political allies just a few years after the end of the war? David Witzthum, historian and longtime journalist, explores how Germany and Israel built a critical and controversial political alliance.

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Ben-Gurion: An Intimate Portrait

Historian and journalist Dr Tom Segev discusses his new book, “A State at all Costs: The Life of David Ben-Gurion,” a new biography of Israel’s founding father that draws heavily on his newly declassified personal papers.

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Jews as Political Football in Ukraine’s War

Reporter Sam Sokol traveled the Ukraine to cover Jewish communities as the country spiraled into conflict with Russia. He found that each side wanted to exploit the Jews for competing political purposes.

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The State of Syria, Through Israeli Eyes

Elizabeth Tsurkov is among the few Israelis to have visited Syria since the war began. She might be the only one to have interviewed a range of people, from Kurdish fighters to ISIS supporters to Alawites, about the future of the tortured country.

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Unexpected Citizenship: The Case of Israel’s Latinos

Alejandro Paz, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto, discusses his book “Latinos in Israel: Language and Unexpected Citizenship,” an ethnographic study into the formation of an unusual migrant community.

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The Creative Soul of the Sad Zionist

In “Zionism and Melancholy, The Short Life of Israel Zarchi,” Nitzan Lebovic inhabits the mind and soul of a lesser-known early Zionist poet. The result is a literary, academic, psychoanalytic – and slightly melancholy – journey through a political movement, via the short life of a poet.

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Not Just Another Cuppa Joe

In “A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture,” Shachar Pinsker shows how coffee houses then and now, there and here, helped give rise to modernity itself.

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