What would Hillel the elder say?

By Lior Sternfeld In hundreds of campuses around the United States, Hillels actually function as propaganda branches of the Israeli right wing. I find it hard to believe that this was the intention of Hillel the Elder. Perhaps Shammai’s. Recently, some have rebelled and dared demand transparent, free and critical discussion.   If you ever […]

What is Mizrahiness? Seeking answers through questions

By Almog Behar (Translated from Hebrew by Rachel Beitarie‏) What does it mean to be Mizrahi in Israel of 2013? And why is it that Mizrahiness is better expressed in questions than in answers? An exploration following Amnon Levy’s Hebrew-language TV documentary series, ‘The Ethnic Demon.’ What is Mizrahiness? What does it mean to be Mizrahi in […]

‘Religion and politics’ in Israel: The mythology of Jewish nationalism

By Yaacov Yadgar The State of Israel has never attempted to build a national identity that would be ‘liberated ’from Jewish ‘religion.’ Instead, it has focused on the construction of a national identity distinct in one critical respect: it is reserved for Jews only. One of the more controversial legislative bills being currently pushed forward […]