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  • For her directorial debut, Natalie Portman mines her inner Israeli and what it means to be Jewish

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 10, 2016 | 1:27 pm

    A security detail opens the doors to the Beverly Wilshire’s Royal Suite, where Natalie Portman looks up from the middle of a grand, high-ceilinged hallway. She is huddling with one of her handlers, but their conversation doesn’t register above a whisper, as if secrets are being...

  • Right-wing group sorry for calling Israeli artists ‘foreign agents’

    January 29, 2016 | 10:57 am

    A right-wing Israeli group apologized for a controversial campaign calling leftist artists “foreign agents.”

    Matan Peleg, the director of the group Im Tirtzu, wrote on Facebook Friday that his organization did not “sufficiently consider” the new campaign.

    “Dear friends, we...

  • Israeli campaign against artists draws accusations of ‘McCarthyism’

    January 28, 2016 | 8:56 am

    An ultra-nationalist Israeli group that has campaigned against foreign-funded NGOs broadened its assault to include left-wing artists on Thursday, accusing authors such as Amos Oz and David Grossman of disloyalty to the country.

    The offensive by Im Tirtzu takes place amid...

  • Voices of Six-Day War haunt us decades later

    By Tom Tugend

    November 12, 2015 | 2:09 pm

    The focus of the Israeli film “Censored Voices” is an aged, rapidly spinning, reel-to-reel tape recorder.

    From the recorder emerge the voices of young Israelis just returned home to their kibbutzim after fighting and miraculously triumphing in the Six-Day War of 1967.

    But their...

  • Amos Oz: I won’t appear at Israeli embassy events, but I oppose BDS

    November 6, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    Israeli writer Amos Oz announced that, to protest what he sees as extremist government policies, he will no longer participate in Israeli embassy-sponsored events.

    Oz, who is arguably Israel’s most famous and most widely translate author, told the Jerusalem Post Thursday that...

  • Why Jews don’t have a pope

    By David Suissa

    September 30, 2015 | 10:33 am

    I know plenty of Jews who would love to see a pope-like figure tell other Jews what to do. An Orthodox pope, for example, would have the power to boot out “Open Orthodox” rabbis who have been irritating the establishment lately with their progressive ideas. You mess with tradition,...

  • Portman says directing Cannes debut film was a challenge

    May 18, 2015 | 10:56 am

    Natalie Portman played a ballerina in the grip of psychological trauma in "Black Swan", but the Israeli actress said she had lots of support while directing her first film, about the childhood of Israeli intellectual Amos Oz, shown in Cannes.

    Portman both directs and stars in "A...

  • Moving and Shaking: Amos Oz, Ari Shavit, Natalie Portman and Cantor Yonah Kliger

    By Ryan Torok

    May 14, 2015 | 5:49 pm

    “I love Israel even at moments I cannot stand it.”

    Israeli author Amos Oz has complicated feelings about the Holy Land, and he wasn’t afraid to share them during a conversation with journalist Ari Shavit at a recent gala celebrating the fifth anniversary of the UCLA Younes and...

  • Love and criticism: An Amos Oz interview

    By Rob Eshman

    May 13, 2015 | 10:42 am

    The first question I asked Amos Oz is whether it bothers him to be called a traitor.

    The renowned Israeli author was sitting across from me in a quiet room off the lobby of the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, two cups of coffee between us. At 76, age has grayed and slightly thinned...

  • Is this really the Torah God gave Moses at Sinai? (Part 2)

    By Roger Price

    March 26, 2015 | 2:58 pm

    The idea that 3300 years ago, at Sinai, God gave Moses a Torah identical to the Torah we have today is a powerful concept, one that still resonates. But is it probable, even plausible?

    Previously, to explore this idea, we have taken the text of the Torah as we have it today and...

  • American Jews and the Israeli election

    By Rob Eshman

    March 18, 2015 | 6:31 pm

    If there is one lesson American Jews will learn from Israel’s election, it’s this:  they’re not us.

    Israel is not New York. Or LA. Or Chicago or Boston or Miami or Philadelphia. It is a Jewish “community” unlike any in America.

    Israelis went to the polls this Tuesday and...

  • Letters to the editor: All about Bibi

    March 11, 2015 | 9:43 am

    So, About That Speech …

    Rob Eshman is a writer without any credibility (“Bibi, You’re No Moses,” March 6). It’s Jews like him who make our enemies stronger. He should be fired and banished.

    Barry Schreiber, Los Angeles  

    Eshman provided nothing to suggest that: (a) Iran is...

  • Amos Oz: Last chance for a Jewish State

    March 2, 2015 | 10:16 am

    At the recent eighth international conference of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, Israeli author Amos Oz gave a landmark address on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You can watch Oz speak in his exacting, poetic Hebrew with English subtitles here. What...

  • Long suppressed, ‘Censored Voices’ speaks out about Six-Day War

    February 2, 2015 | 11:04 am

    In the wake of Israel’s seemingly miraculous triumph in the Six-Day War in 1967, the country’s victorious soldiers were lionized as heroes.

    But in private, even just one week after the conflict, many of them didn’t feel that way. One describes feeling sick to his stomach in...

  • Why Israel is so united

    By David Suissa

    August 4, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    You would think that the global outcry against Israel in the wake of the human devastation of Gaza would have had an effect on Israeli self-esteem. After all, Israelis love to be loved, especially in the cosmopolitan capitals of Europe.

    And yet after four days of hanging out in...

  • Amos Oz: Alone among friends

    September 26, 2013 | 1:52 pm

    I believe Amos Oz desperately wanted to become a better man than his father was.  It feels as if he has spent his lifetime trying to nurture inside himself an empathy that he believed his father lacked.  The famous, 73-year-old Israeli author of more than 30 books, including his...

  • What if Cyrus had not freed the Jews?

    By Roger Price

    September 24, 2013 | 9:01 am

      Over twenty-five centuries ago, Cyrus II, founder and ruler of the Persian Empire, freed the Jews who had been transported forcibly to Babylon and facilitated the reconstruction of their Temple in Jerusalem. Without the intervention of Cyrus, the Jewish People and Judaism as we...

  • Amos Oz inspires J Street conference in Washington, D.C.

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 28, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    “The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a pure tragedy of Greek proportions…because it is a clash between right and right…between two nations who have never known another homeland.”

    So said Amos Oz this week at the opening of the 3rd annual J Street Conference in Washington,...

  • Amos Oz on the Flotilla

    By Rob Eshman

    June 2, 2010 | 8:59 am

    Amos Oz, author, essayist, moral conscience of Israel, published an essay in today’s New York Times that exactly captured what I’ve been trying to say about the flotilla disaster for the past three days.

    In “Israeli Force, Adrift on the Sea,” Oz writes how Jews, who once knew only...

  • The Prophet

    By Rob Eshman

    November 18, 2009 | 3:09 pm

    Last Friday evening, I arrived early for a Shabbat event at American Jewish University, where I was supposed to interview Israeli writer Amos Oz in front of some 300 guests.

    Amos Oz

    I stopped off at the Hotel Angeleno to write an introduction and have some coffee.

    If Amos Oz...

  • ‘My Judaism Is the Civilization’

    By Eric Silver

    March 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Amos Oz, Hebrew novelist, secular prophet and self-proclaimed "non-synagogue" Jew, has joined his local Reform congregation in Arad, the Negev desert town where he has lived since leaving Kibbutz Hulda a decade ago.

    In reaction to last month's massive haredi demonstration in Jerusalem...