Acts of Liberation: Yochi Brandes & Ruth Calderon reboot the rabbi tale

Published in Haaretz

In her most recent novel, “Akiva’s Orchard,” Yochi Brandes spins a brilliant chapter out of the incident in Bnei Brak, familiar from the Passover Haggadah, when five rabbis study Torah all night until their students announce it’s time for the morning prayers. In Brandes’ take, the night is not about interpretative one-upmanship, but rather is the very moment the content of the Pesach Seder is determined.

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The Israeli Obsession with Jonathan Pollard

Published in The Daily Beast

On the eve of Obama’s first presidential visit to Israel, Israel’s longest running spy scandal is making headlines again. A petition signed by more than 100,000 Israelis, including Yair Lapid, the head of the Yesh Atid party, was presented at a special Knesset meeting this week calling for the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, currently serving a life sentence for espionage. Last week, the Jerusalem City

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