When One Israeli Went Too Far (Review, Washington Post, Oct. 29, 2015)

One Saturday night in late 1995, I was with a few other 18-year-olds at a kibbutz in northern Israel, watching a Hebrew B-movie called “Lemon Popsicle” on TV. Words began scrolling urgently at the bottom of the screen, a news flash: The prime minister, Yitzhak...

Israel’s Happiness Revolution (Tablet, Aug. 31, 2015)

What my preschooler's taste in pop says about where the country is at The Israeli culture wars arrived in my kitchen a few months ago when I discovered that the cure for my daughter’s grumpy preschooler moods was a Hebrew dance hit called “Happiness Revolution.” The...

What the Media Gets Wrong About Israel (The Atlantic)

The Atlantic, Nov. 30, 2014 During the Gaza war this summer, it became clear that one of the most important aspects of the media-saturated conflict between Jews and Arabs is also the least covered: the press itself. The Western press has become less an observer of...

An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth (Tablet Magazine)

Tablet Magazine, August 26, 2014 The Israel Story Is there anything left to say about Israel and Gaza? Newspapers this summer have been full of little else. Television viewers see heaps of rubble and plumes of smoke in their sleep. A representative article from a recent issue of The New Yorker described...

The Continuing Mysteries of the Aleppo Codex (Tablet Magazine)

From Tablet, an update on developments in the story of the Aleppo Codex in the two years since the book was published: I am not sure I expected the story of the long-forgotten Aleppo Codex, the perfect copy of the Hebrew Bible, to occupy me for...

Toronto Jewish Literary Festival (May 26)

Torontonians: Registration is now open for the Aleppo Codex lecture at the Toronto Jewish Literary Festival on May 26. It's "pay what you can." Details and registration right here....

Upcoming events in New York and Toronto

Two upcoming Aleppo Codex-related events for New Yorkers and Torontonians: On May 21 I will be speaking at Beth Torah, one of the biggest Aleppo synagogues in New York. This promises to be an interesting evening, the first one to be held with the community at...