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Bar Refaeli Chokes Up on Israeli 'X-Factor'

By Allison Kaplan Sommer/Haaretz

Bar Refaeli Chokes Up on Israeli 'X-Factor'
By now, we expect reality singing talent programs to be emotionally manipulative. It’s all part and parcel of the ratings game, and has been from the very first episode of American Idol, the show that spawned the genre. Without these narratives, after all, how else could so many people be convinced to watch performance after performance of mostly mediocre singers?Read More


Woman in 'Back of Bus' Israel Gender Separation Drama Insists She Was Moving

By Allison Kaplan Sommer (Haaretz)

Woman in 'Back of Bus' Israel Gender Separation Drama Insists She Was Moving
The last thing that Rachel Rosenfeld expected when she arrived in Israel four weeks ago was to find herself at the center of an uproar around gender segregation on public transportation that would cause ultra-Orthodox protesters to smash bus windows in angry protests.Read More


For Now, American Enclave Feels No Fear

By Allison Kaplan Sommer (Haaretz)

For Now, American Enclave Feels No Fear
Israeli second-grader Naama Margolese isn’t afraid to walk to school anymore. Her American-born mom calls that a big victory over extremism.Read More



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