Begin’s Jewish Pride

Begin’s Jewish Pride

Zach Lukeman

On May 12th, 1977, in the immediate aftermath of his improbable Israeli election victory, Prime Minister-elect Menachem Begin broke down Israel’s long-upheld “secular wall,” as he donned a kippah and…

Rabbi Akiva’s Heroism for Torah

Rabbi Akiva’s Heroism for Torah

Moshe Sarna

Towards the end of the Second Temple Period, the Land of Israel was in tumult. Following a bloody civil war, the Jews rebelled against the Roman Empire, which had ruled…

The Identity Crisis of Robert Moses

The Identity Crisis of Robert Moses

Josh Stiefel

Throughout the twentieth century, New York was defined by some of the same forces that shaped other major American cities: the Great Depression, waves of immigration, the World Wars, and…

All About Mel

All About Mel

Isaiah Glick

In an iconic moment of the 1967 film The Producers, scantily clad dancers dressed as Nazi sturmtruppen move into swastika formation and slowly rotate, surrounded by Third Reich banners and singers extolling the…

Einstein’s Recalculation of Zionism

Einstein’s Recalculation of Zionism

Joseph Savenor

Walter Isaacson’s 2007 biography of Albert Einstein—Einstein, His Life and Universe—provides a compelling and detailed account of the scientist’s life as well as insights into his scientific and political views.

The First Religious Paratrooper

The First Religious Paratrooper

Frederick Len

Rabbi Shlomo Goren’s autobiography, With Might and Strength, tells the story of a precocious rabbinical student who decided to join the Israeli army and eventually became Chief Rabbi of Israel. By…