The Tel Aviv Review

Teaching the Holocaust in Al-Quds

Why does a Palestinian professor believe it is so important for his students to learn about the Holocaust? Mohammed Dajani talks about what he has learned from taking Palestinian students to Auschwitz, and why he believes his movement Wasatia – moderation – is the right path for Islam.

Liberalism and Nationalism: Friends or Enemies?

“Liberal” and “nationalist” sound like mutually exclusive forces that cannot coexist. Yet Yuli Tamir, scholar, peace activist and a former government minister, makes the liberal case for nationalism, and argues for a nationalism that is liberal, in her book “Why Nationalism.”

The Old/New Middle East

Moshe Sakal’s novel “The Diamond Setter” brings old Middle Eastern themes into contemporary Israel, and weaves them into a story comprising of a rediscovered Jewish-Arab heritage, reinvented Israeliness, cross-border relations and homosexuality.

“I Am Indeed a Sheigetz of the Gentile Persuasion”

Shane Baker, a theater director and creator, recounts his unusual entry into Yiddish theater and his efforts to revive a one-glorious artistic tradition in New York city.

Can Constitutions Save Us?

All societies are divided, and constitutions are supposed to set the rules for a peaceful life. In her book co-authored with Asli Bali, “Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy,” Hanna Lerner explains that Israel isn’t the only country with a thorny constitutional complex.

The Name Is Arendt. Hannah Arendt

Ken Krimstein, an illustrator and graphic novelist, discusses his new book “The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth.”

Getting Better All the Time?

Michael A. Cohen and Micah Zenko have a radical proposal: The world is getting better, not worse. Their book “Clear and Present Safety” looks beyond sensational and short-term political trends and finds that all global indicators have improved – as a result, Americans need not live in perpetual fear.

Cause or Effect? The Media’s Role in Democratic Decline

Having experienced virtually the most devastating crisis in its history, what can the media do to safeguard democracy, in an increasingly hostile environment? Susan Glasser, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, analyzes the challenges of the American media in the age of Trump.

The Way We Were: Biography of the 1948 Generation

Prof. Hanna Yablonka, a historian at Ben-Gurion University, discusses her book “Children By The Book: Biography of a Generation,” painting a collective portrait of a unique generation of Israelis who were born together with the state.

A History of the Jews in 23 Million Objects

Stephanie Halpern and Leo Greenbaum of the YIVO archives take us on a stroll through decades of Jewish history via historical documents and paraphernalia that have made the institute the primary guardian of Jewish macro and micro history.