Andrew Friedman


Remembering Israeli Literature's Only Nobel Laureate

By Andrew Friedman

Remembering Israeli Literature's Only Nobel Laureate
Shai Agnon was a consummate Zionist. Yet, he remained nostalgic for the Ukrainian village of his youth. His contradictions continue to confound and fascinate.Read More


Israel Proposes National Service To Stem Tide of Draft Dodgers

By Andrew Friedman

Israel Proposes National Service To Stem Tide of Draft Dodgers
In a dramatic reconsideration of a pillar of Israeli society, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has announced plans to offer Israeli youth a nonmilitary option for serving the country. According to the prime minister’s office, a new Civilian Service Administration will offer draft-age Israelis who are exempt from military service the opportunity to contribute a year or two of their lives “to strengthen society as a whole and the weak sectors especially, enforcing the connection and identification of the young citizens with the community, society and state.”Read More


Liberals, Russians Boo Civil-Marriage Deal

By Andrew Friedman

An agreement reached last week between Israel’s chief Sephardic rabbi and the state’s justice minister has been hailed for opening the door to civil marriages in Israel, but secular and non-Orthodox groups who have long fought to change the country’s marriage laws say that the deal does little to alleviate the plight of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who cannot prove they are Jewish.Read More






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