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Articles from Vol. 33, No. 3, May-June

An Un-Orthodox Chick Flick
Writer and director Stefan Schaefer has created a new genre with his feature film Arranged: The "feel-good" Muslim-Orthodox Jewish chick flick. In a world where these two religions often clash, the parallel journey of two young, religious women--one...
A Real Life Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark
The Lost Ark of the Covenant: Solving the 2,500 Year Old Mystery of the Fabled Biblical Ark By Tudor Parfitt Harper One, San Francisco, 2008, $25.95, pp.384 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Like the quest for the Holy Grail--the cup from which Jesus is...
At Home with Amoz Oz
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Since 1967, Amos Oz has stood at the edge of the Israeli political wilderness proclaiming his truth: The only choice that exists for Israelis and Palestinians is a two-state solution. Even as his stature rose as a writer,...
A Year in Headlines: 1948
January 4: Palestine Needs Listed: $283,156,000 Required--In light of the United Nations decision establishing an independent Jewish state in Palestine...says Dr. Israel Goldstein, chairman of the United Palestine Appeal. January 16: British Guarantee...
From the Editor
It was a rare rainy day in the Negev when we arrived to interview the distinguished Israeli writer Amos Oz at his home in Arad. The taxi dropped us off at the wrong house, and, by the time we found the right one, we were chilled and wet. Oz's wife...
How Does Israel Help Jews Be Jews?
Sephardi Israel's existence is undoubtedly a blessing to the Jewish people. The Holy Land was given to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as a platform for proclaiming their message of monotheism, justice and compassion to all humanity....
Israel's Language Warriors
The room that houses the museum-like reproduction of Eliezer Ben Yehudah's 19th century study in the Academy of Hebrew Language is silent as a sanctuary. Hundreds of books with brittle spines line the walls. Elaborately carved Damascus chairs face...
(No) Peace Now
For 60 years Israel has triumphed against adversity and survived the continued onslaught of violence and hatred from its Arab neighbors. Yet now it is threatened by a basic refusal to learn from the past and an unwillingness to adapt to today's realities....
Should Israel Stop Bankrolling Aliyah?
A recent immigrant charter to Israel departed New York's Kennedy Airport carrying 210 Jews, including four children (and four dogs and two cats), intent on building new lives in Israel. The flight was organized by Nefesh B'Nefesh, a private organization...
Tales from the Diplomatic Trenches
The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search fro Arab-Israeli Peace By Aaron David Miller Bantam, New York 2008, $26.00, pp.416 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One gloomy day in January 1997, an experienced negotiator from the State Department,...
The AJC-Ms. Magazine Debacle
Last October, the American Jewish Congress submitted an advertisement to Ms. Magazine that pictured three Israeli women--Tzipi Livni, foreign minister and vice prime minister; Dorit Beinish, president of the Supreme Court; and Dalia Itzik, speaker...
The Awesome Power of Sababa
If you're visiting Israel soon and want to blend in with the Jewish population there, learning just one word--sababa--will get you surprisingly far. "How are you?" "Sababa." "How are you liking this weather?" "Sababa." "And how was the film last night?"...
The Born Again Haggadah
People of the Book By Geraldine Brooks Viking, New York, 2008, $25.95, pp.384 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The protagonist of Geraldine Brooks's third novel, People of the Book, is the Sarajevo Haggadah. The author's recent article introduced readers...
The Conversions of Anthony Lake: How Bill Clinton's National Security Advisor Became an Obama-Man-And a Jew
WEARING A GREEN BLAZER, turtleneck sweater and khakis, Anthony Lake settles into a chair in his small office on Georgetown University's leafy campus. Behind him is a bookshelf stuffed with memorabilia and works on foreign policy--including a biography...
The Fall of the House of Herzl: The Founder of Zionism Spent His Life Fighting for a Home for His People. His Orphaned Children Spent Their Lives Searching for a Home of Their Own
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON THE MORNING OF NOVEMBER 25, 1946, a young British Army officer walked down Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C., not far from the small house in which he boarded. A taxi driver coming up the avenue saw the officer from...
The Re-Branding of Israel: From War Planes to Women: Why at 60 Israel's Image Is Taking off in New Directions
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN A GLASS-ENCLOSED MANHATTAN conference room, Boaz Mourad tilts his chair back and aims a TV remote at the giant flat-screen monitor hanging along an exposed-brick wall. He clicks the play button and a video rolls. Onscreen,...
What Can Be Done to Prevent Global Warming? You Can Save the World Contest Winners
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AS YOU WILL SEE FROM THESE WINNING ESSAYS, the generation of young people now in high school cares passionately, deeply, unreservedly about our world. One of the issues these young people are most concerned about is the health...