The Tel Aviv Review

The Other Goldene Medina: The History of South African Jewry

Milton Shain, emeritus professor of history at the University of Cape Town, specializing in the history of Jews and anti-Semitism in South Africa, tells the very different story of a Jewish settlement in the New World.

Moral Equivalency of Hate

What does radical Islam have in common with right wing extremism? Much, it turns out. Julia Ebner explains why each side exists in a world of obsession with the other; and proposes how to mitigate the pull of extremism that preys on the young.

Malka Marom’s Great Canadian Songbook: Joni, Leonard and I

When Malka Marom, a Canadian-Israeli musician and broadcaster, walked into a destitute Toronto night club in 1966, she was swept off her feet by the music played by the still unknown Joni Mitchell. Their lifelong friendship is the subject of Malka’s new book.

Israel and Hezbollah Get MAD

If another war breaks out between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, it could “turn Lebanon into a car park,” and take down wholesale targets in Tel Aviv, says longtime journalist and Lebanon expert Nicholas Blanford.

Pride and Prejudice: The State of Israeli Democracy at 70

Ahead of the 70th Independence Day celebrations, Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democracy Institute, discusses the past accomplishments and future challenges of democracy in Israel.

Imagined Religion: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Judaism

Daniel Boyarin, Professor of Talmudic Cultures at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses his forthcoming book “Judaism: The Genealogy of a Modern Notions”, in which he argues that Judaism, as a full-blown concept, is a modern creation.

Oh Lordy: Reza Aslan on His ‘God: A Human History’

After writing books about the god of Islam and Jesus of Nazareth, religion scholar Reza Aslan takes on the biggest question of all: What does “God” mean, anyway? Aslan comes to a surprising answer which raises the question, does this make him a deep believer or an atheist?

Jews, Colonialism and Whiteness: The Latin American Case

Dr. Martina Weisz, a research fellow at the Hebrew University’s Vidal Sassoon Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism, discusses the place of the Jews in the Spanish and Portuguese colonial project, which started immediately after the momentous expulsion of the Jews from these countries, in the late 15th century.

Squaring the Circle: Islamic Theologians’ Encounter with Modernity

Prof. Uriya Shavit discusses his new book, an exploration of Islamic theologians’ efforts to harmonize religion, science and modern systems of government.

Men, Women and Children of the World: The Impact of Globalization on the Family

Prof. Daphna Hacker, an associate professor of law and gender studies at Tel Aviv University, discusses her new book “Legalized Families in the Era of Bordered Globalization”, which explores a phenomenon that is as understudied as it is widespread.