A few upcoming dates in the U.S. and Canada: Thursday, May 2: Kansas City JCC, "Get Lit Author Event," 7.pm. Details here. Friday-Sunday, May 3-5: Detroit, MI, Congregation Adat Shalom. Details here. Monday, May 6: New York, Park Ave. Synagogue, 7 p.m., with Mijal Bitton. Details here.   Thursday, May 9: New York, Columbia...

'Spies Of No Country' Offers Nuanced Understanding Of Israel's Complexity By Lily Meyer My grandfather was too young to serve in World War II. He watched from Bridgeport, Conn. as Hitler, then Stalin, murdered unspeakable numbers of Jews, including most of his family. The helplessness and guilt he...

By Chris Rutledge Like its subjects, Matti Friedman’s Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel is more than just its “cover story.” Yes, on the surface, it’s an engaging spy saga. Beneath that, though, lies an examination of identity and the humanity behind both...

Mizrahi Jewish spies built Israel, their descendants meet racism there By Hen Mazzig In 1951, my great-grandfather was executed in the city of Baghdad, Iraq. He was accused by the government of being an Israeli spy. My grandmother always told us things were never the same following the...

Journalist Matti Friedman has reported from around the world, including Israel, Lebanon, Morocco and Moscow, and is the author of Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War, about Israeli soldiers in Lebanon, which was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book. In his new book, Spies of...