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The Making of a Capital

Jerusalem on Israeli Banknotes

Na'ama Sheffi and Anat First

is an organic and inseparable part of the State of Israel—as it is an inseparable part of the Jewish history, the Israeli belief, and our nation's spirit. Jerusalem is the heart of the State of Israel … the eternal capital of Israel” (Knesset Plenary

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A Bar Mitzvah Year

Rethinking Ritual

Ilana Korber

some of you may know, the tradition of the bar mitzvah ritual was introduced to Judaism roughly 400 to 500 years ago (relatively new in the 5,000-odd years of Jewish history). Until the mid twentieth century it was gendered exclusively for boys, and

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Jewish Secular-Believer Women in Israel

A Complex and Ambivalent Identity

Hagar Lahav

midrash ) have been central in Jewish history since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (70 CE). Israel’s secular educational system teaches the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) extensively, addressing it as a historical narrative that establishes the

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War and Memory

The Israeli Communist Commemoration of the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1986

Amir Locker-Biletzki

in the civil war. ( Kol Ha’am , 15 July 1955) Placing the Spanish Civil War within the larger narratives of Jewish history and collective memory differentiated this myth from its Western and East German versions. Those renditions were more concerned

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Naomi Chazan, Morad Elsana, Ian S. Lustick, Sam Lehman-Wilzig, Gideon Rahat, Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Daphne Inbar, and Oren Barak

its main arguments and then supplies the historical background. This, appropriately, includes a brief review of Jewish history, Zionism, the Yishuv period, and state-building. Next, it looks at Israeli society, dedicating a chapter each to the two main

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Hillel Cohen

Zionism via an analysis of Jewish texts and key events in Jewish history, and also discuss the Zionist attempts to craft an alternative, secular concept of the sacred. I conclude by pointing out the similarities and differences between the views of the

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‘At the Mercy of the German Eagle’

Images of London in Dissolution in the Novels of William Le Queux

Antony Taylor

Unknown Tomorrow , 60. 98 Ibid., 34 and 41 and 132–135; and for contradictory images of Jewishness as simultaneously capitalist and revolutionary, Paul Knepper, ‘The Other Invisible Hand: Jews and Anarchists in London before the First World War’, Jewish

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Assaf Shapira

trivial number of immigrants who would acquire citizenship would not constitute an endangerment. An alternative ethnic claim maintained that protecting immigrants is consistent with Jewish history and moral values, which Israel—as a Jewish state

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Tristan Josephson, Marcin B. Stanek, Tallie Ben Daniel, Jeremy Ash, Liz Millward, Caroline Luce, Regine Buschauer, Amanda K. Phillips, and Javier Caletrío

supports put in place to make voluntary physical mobility possible and frictionless. It reveals that governments and nongovernmental organizations alike had a theory about the value added by youth mobility. Recovering Mobility in American Jewish History

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Neil Amswych, Hillel Avidan, Sami Barth, Tony Bayfield, Francis Ronald Berry, Barbara Borts, Jeffrey Cohen, Bernard Davis, Michal Friedlander, Jeffrey Gale, Guy Hall, Richard Harries, Harry Jacobi, Laura Janner-Klausner, Deborah Kahn-Harris, Charles Middleburgh, Jonathan Magonet, Dow Marmur, Julia Neuberger, Phil Pegum, Danny Rich, Jonathan Romain, Walter Rothschild, Elli Tikvah Sarah, Victor Jeleniewski Seidler, Michael Shire, Judy Smith, Jackie Tabick, Charles Wallach, and Andrea Zanardo

3 February 1909-24 August 1943. See ‘This Day in Jewish History, 1943: “God Isn’t Dead, He’s Silent”: Simone Weil Dies, Very Young’, Haaretz , 24 August 2015, http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/this-day-in-jewish-history/1.672507 . See also Susan Sontag