The Tel Aviv Review

All the Middle East’s a Stage, and Jews and Arabs Merely Players

Dr. Lee Perlman discusses his new book, โ€œBut Abu Ibrahim, We’re Family!โ€, exploring several theater productions, all with a joint Jewish-Arab component, as a potential backdrop for peace building.

Zionesses: Women in Israeli Cinema

Dr. Rachel Harris discusses her new book, โ€œWarriors, Witches, Whores: Women in Israeli Cinemaโ€. How do the evolving representations of women relate to broader changes in Israeli society and culture?

Rebel with a Cause: The Story of a Legendary Jewish Spy

Sarah Aaronsohn was a young Jewish woman who during the First World War operated a pro-British spy ring under the nose of the Ottoman authorities in Palestine. Her tumultuous life, tragic death, and considerable contribution to the Allied war effort are revisited in a new book.

Take Notice: The Power of the Unremarkable

How do our linguistic priorities characterize the way we perceive the world, and how do they reinforce cultural norms? Eviatar Zerubavel, professor of sociology at Rutgers University, explains.

Are We Living in an Unprecedented Age of People Power?

Prof. Erica Chenoweth, a scholar of international relations, says that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of non-violent protests in the world. She knows because she counts them, rigorously; she also counts when they work and why.

On Hell and Other People: The Enduring Relevance of Existentialism

Dr. Dror Yinon reviews a series of lectures on Existentialism that recently took place at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He lays out the fundamentals of this philosophical tradition and analyzes its ongoing relevance in the age of populism and post-truth.

Living in Denial: A 21st-Century Story

Dr. Keith Kahn-Harris, a British sociologist and commentator, discusses his new book โ€œDenial: The Unspeakable Truth.โ€ It attempts to analyze the emergence and growing prevalence of denialism – a quasi-nihilist reflex that subsumed healthy skepticism and fact-based debate.

A Road to Forgiveness: How Societies Cope with Collective Trauma

How do societies recover from major violence and terrible injustice? How do they cope with collective trauma, perpetrators, guilt, and is there a road to forgiveness? Professor Ruti Teitel discusses her scholarly work on transitional justice.

On the Media: Public Broadcasting, Regulation and Press Freedom in Israel

Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, head of the Media Reform Program and the Open Government Program at the Israel Democracy Institute, joins us to discuss media policy in Israel and the way government interference may infringe on the country’s relatively robust freedom of the press.

My Kingdom for a Constitution

Yedidia Stern is worried about disturbing the balance of a Jewish and democratic state, as the nation-state law threatens to do. He believes that Israel must be a Jewish state, but without a legal anchor for equality, society is in trouble.