Portman's Directorial Debut is a Bitter-Sweet Israeli Homecoming

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman made her directorial debut with a film sympathetic to the Holocaust-haunted refugees who founded her native Israel, but she bristles at the idea that the portrayal might be patriotic.

Are Religious Women Treated As Second-Class Feminists?

Religious feminists don’t just face criticism from religious conservatives but from fellow feminists as well.

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Can Hip Hop Heal the Holy Land?

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