Avi Pitchon’s “Rotten Johnny and the Queen of Shivers: Counterculture in Escape from Israeliness” chronicles his personal involvement in a very specific turning point in the history of Israeli culture, both homegrown and adopted from overseas – the emergence of punk culture in the 1980s.
The Tel Aviv Review
On paper, Israelis of mixed ethnicity – those of both Ashkenazi and Sephardi descent – are the realization of the Zionist dream of the gathering of the diasporas; but in reality, their situation is no less troublesome.
Psychoanalysis may serve as good meeting point between the calling of universalism and the value of pluralism, which has long since been the bane of multiculturalism
Guil Bonstein, musical editor and expert on history of slavery and Caribbean history, discussed the contemporary relevancy of The Slave Ship: A Human History by American maritime historian Marcus Rediker, which recently came out in Hebrew, thanks to him.
One of the basic tenets of most theories of the nation is that concepts like self-determination, sovereignty, and self-sufficiency are sine qua non for states. But some states — “phantom states” — have most of the attributes of sovereign states, except, well, sovereignty. One such “phantom state” is Palestine.
Prof. David Biale of the Department of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis, talks about his recently published “Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought.”
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.
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.