Riches to rags to virtual riches: When Mizrahi artists said ‘no’ to Israel’s pioneer culture

By Shoshana Gabay (Translated from Hebrew by Yoav Kleinfeld) Upon their arrival in Israel, Mizrahi Jews found themselves under a regime that demanded obedience, even in cultural matters. All were required to conform to an idealized pioneer figure who sang classical, militaristic ‘Hebrew’ songs. That is, before the ‘Kasetot’ era propelled Mizrahi artists into the […]

Cheap commodities: Documenting the struggles of Israel’s cashiers

By Tahel Frosh (Translated from Hebrew by Yoav Kleinfeld) Tahel Frosh weaves together acts of generosity and economic brutality, paper bags and plastic bags in a deconstruction of the new documentary ‘Super Women.’ *Translator’s Note – as the Hebrew differentiates between feminine and masculine in profession names, “Cashier” is always used here in the feminine. […]

Experts, Child Poverty, and Budget Cuts

By Itzik Saporta (Translated from Hebrew by Yoav Kleinfeld, edited by Ami Asher) “Experts” claim that cutting child benefits will eventually result in reducing child poverty. They support this with an argument which may sound plausible to some, but – regrettably – has no bearing on reality. An essay on shoe-string theories Cutting child benefits […]