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  • From Russia, with love

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 14, 2014 | 2:42 pm

    Jill Cooper Lefferman doesn’t like surprises, and especially not at her daughter Maia’s bat mitzvah, where she planned every detail, from Maia’s reading from the 100-year-old Cooper family Torah to the handcrafted, color-coordinated, Maia-inspired, donatable centerpieces.

    But...

  • English Language Social Order Magazine: Democracy and the Israeli Knesset

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 30, 2014 | 6:00 am

    In this edition of the Social Order Magazine, we take you to the drama that unfolded on the Knesset floor prior to the close of the winter legislative session. Bibi's coalition government brought 3 controversial bills in a package deal for votes. The bills, in the order they were...

  • Arie Posin on his Russian dissident parents and ‘The Face of Love’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 17, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    Arie Posin is the co-writer and director of “The Face of Love,” starring Annette Bening as a widow, still very much in love with her late husband (Ed Harris), who becomes obsessed with a man (Harris again) who is a dead ringer for her late spouse.  Now in theaters, the movie is...

  • Solidarity in Israel Between the Left and the Ultra-Orthodox

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 13, 2014 | 7:00 am

    Alongside of hundreds of thousands of Haredim, who demonstrated earlier this week (2/3/2014) against forced military recruitment, dozens of activists joined a demonstration in Tel Aviv in solidarity with the ultra-Orthodox. The question is, what drives leftist activists to...

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  • For Noah Emmerich, era’s tension in ‘The Americans’ hits home

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 11, 2014 | 2:50 pm

    Noah Emmerich has earned critical kudos for his portrayal of Stan Beeman, a troubled FBI counterintelligence agent who remains unaware that his archenemies — married KGB spooks posing as typical Americans — live just across the street from his suburban Washington, D.C., home in...

  • ‘The Americans’ - Straighten up and spy write

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 20, 2013 | 10:59 am

    Joe Weisberg is an ex-CIA agent and creator of FX’s new spy thriller “The Americans,” which spotlights KGB agents deep undercover in the United States. But back in 1989, he was a Yale University graduate flying to the Soviet Union on his own clandestine Jewish mission. His goal was...

  • Life of an IDF ‘Refusenik’

    January 16, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    Life in Israeli military prison, it turns out, is a lot like life in the Israeli military.

    “We get up at 5 every morning and we have a morning roll call,” says 19-year-old Natan Blanc, a chronic prisoner at Prison Six, along the northern coast of Israel. He has spent almost two...

  • Soviet gulag survivor’s courage

    November 1, 2012 | 10:40 am

    It was standing room only at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance, as a crowd packed the Hertz Theatre to hear Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich, the celebrated Russian refusenik and author, stress the importance of standing up for one’s principles. 

    The former prisoner of...

  • Defending Identity

    By Rob Eshman

    July 16, 2008 | 11:28 pm

    Natan Sharansky's previous book, "The Case for Democracy," changed the world. It inspired a generation of U.S. policymakers and influenced President George W. Bush in his decision to go to war against Saddam Hussein.

    So when Sharansky's second book, "Defending Identity," came out...

  • Refuseniks in the Ranks

    By Larry Derfner

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The "officers' letter" came out on Jan. 25 in Yediot Aharonot, Israel's largest newspaper -- 52 reserve army officers declared that they would not serve in the West Bank or Gaza for moral and political reasons.

    They detailed acts of brutality -- refusing to allow pregnant woman to...

  • Lighten Up

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    With the demise of the former Soviet Union and the fall of communism in the early '90s, the story of Soviet Jewry's battle for survival appears to be ancient history. Yet one of the truly remarkable books of our time is the autobiography of one of the famous refuseniks, Yosef...