Israel from the Inside with Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis
Israel from the Inside is for people who want to understand Israel with nuance, who believe that Israel is neither hopelessly flawed and illegitimate, nor beyond critique. If thoughtful analysis of Israel and its people interests you, welcome!
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  • On the anniversary of the Qibya calamity
    11 Oct 2021 • 11 min read • 5 0
    On October 13, 1953, Susan Kanias, aged thirty-two, and her three young children were sound asleep in their home in the small town of Yehud, just north of Lod, near the narrowest section of Israel.1 A...
  • Alone even here? Israeli authors in the international market
    07 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 7
    Deborah Harris, the founder and CEO of Jerusalem's Deborah Harris Literary Agency, is without doubt the premier literary agent representing Israeli authors in the international marketplace. In this co...
  • Did the Begin Doctrine Just Die?
    04 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 15 0
    Headline and cartoon from Makor Rishon, Yoman section, page 2 (October 1, 2021). Import of the cartoon is discussed below. In June 1981, my (very newly minted) wife and I were on our honeymoon in Hawa...
  • Is Poland‘s new law limiting restitution really anti-Semitic?
    03 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    The podcasts on Israel from the Inside are typically available to paid subscribers only. (You can see a list of previous episodes here.) With thanks to David Bernstein for his fascinating conversation...
  • Is Poland‘s new law limiting restitution really anti-Semitic?
    30 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 2
    Last month, Israel and Poland came close to the precipice in their diplomatic relations when Israel's Yair Lapid reacted strongly to a new Polish law. The law sets a 30-year limit on legal challenges ...
  • A country of intersections ...
    27 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 7 0
    The intersection of Herzl Street and Ahad Ha’am Street in Tel Aviv (photo credit: Haley Weinischke, used with permission) A few weeks ago, when our newest grandchild was just a few weeks old, his moth...
  • Tifferet Oryah: The Shabbat Project
    23 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 3
    What if you know that you want to make Shabbat a meaningful part of your life when you eventually create your own home, but also know that the Shabbat that you grew up with in your parents' home isn't...
  • FORTY-ISH SUGGESTED BOOKS TO READ ABOUT ISRAEL SO YOU’LL KNOW YOUR STUFF ....
    20 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 12 30
    David Ben-Gurion wiping his forehead before the Declaration of Independence session at the Tel Aviv Museum, May 14 1948. Photo Credit, Herschel Frank, Israel National Photo Collection, posted with per...
  • A War with No Name: the ongoing shadow of the Lebanon war …
    14 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 1
    In one scene from Matti Friedman’s fascinating three-part documentary series on the Lebanon War that he did for Kan TV, he shows a jeep full of young soldiers. At this point in the series, it is alrea...
  • Of prison breaks, then and now
    13 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 7 0
    A poster of “wanted men” posted by the British Authorities after the mass escape of Jewish prisoners from the Acre Prison in 1947. Via Wikimedia Commons. History is not linear, of course. If anything,...
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