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Lessons in Solidarity: How to Defeat Antisemitism
18.12.2019, by Yossi Klein Halevi
In fighting Corbyn, UK Jewry followed the Soviet Jewry movement’s playbook. Can American Jews learn from these examples? read more>
The Fall of Netanyahu
26.09.2019, by Yossi Klein Halevi
On the overdue fall of a leader who turned power for his people into his only real ideal and who confused their well-being with his own read more>
Israel’s Close Netanyahu-Gantz Vote is a Victory for Democracy
19.09.2019, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Israelis and their friends abroad deserve a moment of celebration. This election was good news for Israel and good news for the future of embattled democracies everywhere read more>
The Day Israel Humiliated its US Friends in Congress
25.08.2019, by Yossi Klein Halevi
The 40+ freshman Democrats who are committed to the Israeli-American relationship showed the fringe anti-Israel element to be just that - but how do they feel now? read more>
The Rebbe of the Jewish People
07.07.2019, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Menachem Mendel Schneerson`s cosmic task continues 25 years after his death: spreading boundless and irrational love for every Jew read more>
‘My Prayer for Jerusalem’
23.05.2019, by Yossi Klein Halevi
On the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem, Yossi Klein Halevi says: ‘My prayer for Jerusalem, my city, our city, is that the international community will recognize the Jewish people as the legitimate custodian of Jerusalem and that we will see ourselves as the custodians of Jerusalem for humanity’ read more>
Netanyahu Is Fighting Ghosts
10.03.2019, by Yossi Klein Halevi
The Israeli prime minister is running against a left that no longer exists read more>
Pesach Jews V. Purim Jews: The Agony of our Dilemma
10.02.2019, by Yossi Klein Halevi
“Passover Jews” are motivated by empathy with the oppressed; “Purim Jews” are motivated by by alertness to threat. One without the other creates an unbalanced Jewish personality and a distortion of Jewish history and values read more>
Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor
02.09.2018, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Yossi Klein Halevi: Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, in conversation with Yehuda Kurtzer, July 11, 2018. The annual Bronfman Family Foundation lecture at the Shalom Hartman Institute during the 2018 Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar in Jerusalem, Israel read more>
Israel’s Nation-State Law and Declaration of Independence
28.08.2018, by Yossi Klein Halevi
I need a Jewish state not only as a refuge for Jews but for Judaism read more>
14.02.2018, by Yossi Klein Halevi
state of Israel is about to commit a crime against itself. The imminent mass deportation of African asylum seekers will be a devastating blow to our moral credibility read more>
Enemies: A Love Story
23.11.2017, by Yossi Klein Halevi and Imam Abdullah Antepli
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The Impact of 1967 on the Identity of Israeli Jews
25.07.2017, by Yossi Klein Halevi
2017 Robert P. Kogod Annual Lecture read more>
The Tragedy of the Wall
09.07.2017, by Yossi Klein Halevi
The haredi community must not be allowed to sabotage the essence of Zionism in our time – which is to uphold the integrity of Jewish peoplehood read more>
Still Stuck Between May and June of 1967
07.06.2017, by Yossi Klein Halevi
This is an essay in a series of articles in the New York Times in June 2017 that examined the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict, a half-century since the Six Day War read more>
Why May 1967 Matters As Much As June 1967
01.06.2017, by Yossi Klein Halevi
From one of the four ‘Six Days That Shaped 50 Years’ in May 2017 in Toronto, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles read more>
A Jubilee For Our Political Certainties
18.04.2017, by Yossi Klein Halevi
The debate over the future of the liberated/occupied/administered territories began in the summer of 1967, immediately after the Six-Day War. It was, initially, an argument among writers, in part a linguistic debate over how to refer to the lands Israel had just won. read more>
Video: Were We Like Dreamers?
15.02.2017, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Were We Like Dreamers? From Six Days to Fifty Years. Award-winning author and Shalom Hartman Institute senior fellow, did a live broadcast on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, about the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, and what it has meant for Israeli and Jewish society worldwide. Yossi answered questions during the program. The program was part of the Hartman Institute David Hartman Annual Conference for a Jewish-Democratic Israel. read more>
Obama, Trump and the Dangers of a ‘Jewish’ President
23.01.2017, by Yossi Klein Halevi
For American Jews, all the guidelines that once helped define their community have eroded. American Jews need to resist the temptation of totally identifying their preferred president with Jewish interests and values read more>
Make the Three Weeks a Time for Healing
04.08.2016, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Enough mourning for the sake of mourning. Let us turn the Three Weeks into a time of Jewish healing read more>
The Quest for a Shared Israeli Ethos (2016 HART Talk)
10.07.2016, by Yossi Klein Halevi
From the founding of the state, Israelis have asked themselves: Can this radically diverse society manage to coalesce around a shared identity and set of values? read more>
BDS is Immoral and a Threat to Peace
30.06.2016, by Yossi Klein Halevi
The attempt to turn Israel into a version of the old, apartheid South Africa will also fail because there are too many people around the world who admire Israel. Israel-lovers are no less passionate in defending the Jewish state than Israel-haters are in seeking to harm it read more>
The State of the Jewish World, 2016
14.06.2016, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Jews are increasingly divided over their anxieties for Israel. We are divided between those who believe that creating a Palestinian state will be an existential threat, and those who believe that failure to create a Palestinian state is the greater threat read more>
A Salute to the Soul of the IDF
15.05.2016, by Yossi Klein Halevi
I worry about the cracks in Israel’s democratic being. But as we enter Remembrance Day for the IDF’s fallen, followed immediately by Independence Day, I will recall the remarkable persistence of our Jewish and democratic spirit. And in a way I didn’t anticipate, I will owe that moment to Yair Golan read more>
The War Against Passover
22.04.2016, by Yossi Klein Halevi
At the heart of the anti-Zionist assault is the notion that the Jews aren’t a people but only a faith read more>
Why Jews and Muslims in America Must Talk about Israel
15.03.2016, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Yossi Klein Halevi speaks at the Los Angeles Collaborative on March 6, 2016, on Justice and Righteousness: Why Jews and Muslims in America Must Talk about Israel read more>
Balancing Self-Preservation and Other Moral Values
15.02.2016, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Lecture on the balance between security and morality, and the unique role of American Jews in shaping the conversation. Part of 2015-2016 NY Collaborative read more>
Israeli Rock Music’s Spiritual New Sound
25.06.2015, by Yossi Klein Halevi
After years of siege, a growing movement of musicians is turning to Judaism for inspiration read more>
Navigating Existential Divides
01.06.2015, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Our challenge is how to remain faithful to our most deeply held truths about Israel’s predicament, while remaining faithful to our mutual covenant as a people. Navigating this dilemma will require all our wisdom as an ancient people that has known how to overcome both external threat and suicidal schism read more>
The State of the Jewish People, 2015
12.03.2015, by Yossi Klein Halevi
The fifth lecture in the Westside Los Angeles Synagogue Collaborative Lecture Series, "Inside, Outside, In Between" read more>
The War on the Israeli Home Front
19.11.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Tuesday’s massacre and other recent Palestinian attacks in Jerusalem have been intimate, the terrorism of neighbors read more>
At Rosh Hashana: Grief, Fear, Hope
28.09.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
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How Do Israelis Cope?
15.09.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
This is a society of believers. Even those who don’t believe in God tend to believe in the enduring mystery of Jewish survival read more>
I Have Two Nightmares About a Palestinian State
01.09.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
That there won’t be one—and that there will be one read more>
After the Success and Failure of Zionism
24.06.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Video: The Future of Diaspora-Israeli Relations - 2014 Robert P. Kogod Annual Lecture read more>
Reimagining Jewish-Muslim Relations: A Response to My Jewish Critics
08.05.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Yossi Klein Halevi responds to the criticism on his piece with Imam Abdullah, supporting the Brandeis University decision to rescind awarding Ayaan Hirsi Ali with an honorary degree read more>
What Muslims and Jews Should Learn From Brandeis
23.04.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi and Imam Abdullah Antepli
We call upon our communities to follow Brandeis’ example and refrain from honoring those whose goal is to dishonor the other read more>
The Quiet Rise of the Israeli Center
01.04.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
The Israeli centrist embraces insights from both the right and left read more>
Winds of Change Conference Video: Israel and World Jewry
12.02.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Israel and World Jewry: Yossi Klein Halevi, Daniel Gordis, Tamar Elad-Applebaum, Daniel Landes - Panel discussion during 2014 Shalom Hartman Institute Conference, Winds of Change, 2/2/2014 read more>
Eviatar Banai’s Journey to Wholeness
23.01.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Something good is happening to Evyatar Banai, one of our most gifted singers and songwriters. And that’s good news for Israeli culture and, perhaps, a sign of hope for the healing of Israeli society read more>
Israel’s Wary Center
31.10.2013, by Yossi Klein Halevi
A majority don’t see ‘Greater Israel’ or utopian peace in the nation’s future read more>
How Israeli Society Remained Intact
28.10.2013, by Yossi Klein Halevi
The notion of Israel as a model of social cohesion may seem far-fetched. Yet in recent years, a sober majority has emerged that seeks social compromise and accommodation in place of ideological warfare read more>
Yom Kippur War Resonates, 40 Years Later
15.09.2013, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Yossi Klein Halevi, research fellow at Shalom Hartman Institute and author of the narrative history of Israel, LIKE DREAMERS, offers reflections on the Yom Kippur War of 1973 on its 40th anniversary read more>
I Have No Chief Rabbi
04.08.2013, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Rather than despair over fundamentalist victories, pluralists need to focus on deepening the spiritual vitality of the new forms of Israeli Judaism read more>
A Troubling Tale of Jewish-Muslim Relations
21.07.2013, by Yossi Klein Halevi
An altercation on Jerusalem’s light rail teaches the difficult but essential price of Jewish sovereignty: the need to respect the primacy of democratic rules in public space, even if it may restrict notions of Jewish law read more>
Time to End the Disgrace at the Wall
19.05.2013, by Yossi Klein Halevi
The Sharansky plan represents the first serious attempt since June 1967 to sanctify the Wall with Jewish inclusiveness
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Needed: An Israeli Dialogue of Mutual Gratitude
07.04.2013, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Mainstream and haredi Israelis must start by acknowledging how the other has contributed to the astonishing post-Holocaust rebirth of the Jewish people read more>
Obama’s Big Israel Breakthrough
24.03.2013, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Thursday`s speech may have singlehandedly repaired a rocky relationship read more>
Lessons From a Man of Peace
10.03.2013, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Rav Menachem Froman taught me that, in order to make peace with the Muslim world, one needs not only to honor Islam but to love it – cherish its fearless heart, the power of its surrender, the wisdom of its frank confrontation with human transience read more>
David Hartman, Lonely Man of Truth, Pushed Jews of All Stripes to Adapt
13.02.2013, by Yossi Klein Halevi
His books changed the way many of us understand the relationship between Judaism and modernity and national sovereignty read more>
The Struggle for the Israeli Right
21.01.2013, by Yossi Klein Halevi
The most important issue to be determined in this election is the future of the Israeli Right read more>
The Rise of Domestic Israel
23.12.2012, by Yossi Klein Halevi
At a dangerous moment in Israel’s history, most parties are focusing on domestic issues in the current election campaign read more>
Debating the Tactics of Women of the Wall
20.12.2012, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi and Yossi Klein Halevi debated the Women of the Wall on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in a live webinar broadcast from Shalom Hartman Institute in Jeruaslem read more>
Liberal American Jews and Iran: Responding to Readers’ Comments
17.12.2012, by Yossi Klein Halevi
This dialogue between Yehuda Kurtzer and Yossi Klein Halevi was conducted on Oct. 15, 2012, in response to the extensive comments from readers who saw their original online debate on the new column, Point-Counter-Point read more>
Why is Netanyahu Taking Sides in the Presidential Election?
21.10.2012, by Yossi Klein Halevi
In this week’s Point-Counter-Point, Yossi Klein Halevi talks with Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie about the impact of Netanyahu’s Iran campaign on US-Israel relationship read more>
Why Did Israel’s Social Justice Movement Fall Flat This Summer?
02.10.2012, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Point-Counter-Point 2: Yossi Klein Halevi debates his daughter, Moriah, over the Israeli social justice movement’s failed summer of protest read more>
Ethical Dilemmas Facing Israel and the US Over Iran
15.03.2012, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Careful consideration is needed if each side is to be responsible to the other read more>
Can Israel Trust the United States When It Comes to Iran?
04.03.2012, by Yossi Klein Halevi
The dilemma for both Israel and the U.S. isn’t only strategic but ethical read more>
What the ‘Goyim’ Say: The Challenge of External Criticism of Israel
01.02.2012, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Video recording of webinar featuring Yossi Klein Halevi and Tal Becker, January 2012 read more>
Can Yair Lapid Bring His Modern Jewish Vision to Israeli Politics?
12.01.2012, by Yossi Klein Halevi
If he does, the media celebrity turned politician may bring about the type of Israeli society many are looking for read more>
Lessons of Struggle for Soviet Jewry Remain Relevant
16.11.2010, by Yossi Klein Halevi
In a review of a new book, Yossi Klein Halevi says the most seemingly impermeable regimes are vulnerable to a combination of internal dissent and outside pressure. He adds that given Obama`s “moral abdication” of Iranian dissidents, Congress must act as it did for Soviet Jewish dissidents read more>
Why Israel Won’t Abandon the Settlers
14.10.2010, by Yossi Klein Halevi
For all the ambivalence toward the settlements, there is good reason why the Israeli government should heed Defense Minister Barak`s advice and extend a settlement freeze. If nothing else, a freeze would prove that the obstacle to Middle East agreement isn`t the settlements read more>
Israelis Wonder: Has the World Lost Its Mind?
07.06.2010, by Yossi Klein Halevi
The U.N. Security Council urgently convenes to create yet another anti-Israel kangaroo court - even as the sanctions effort against Iran’s nuclear program falters read more>
Yossi Klein Halevi is a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, a member of the Institute's iEngage Project.
His 2013 book, Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, won the Book of the Year Award from the U.S. Jewish Book Council. 
His first book, Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist, was republished in 2014. In 2001 he published, At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land. A Hebrew version of that book was published in 2006 by Shalom Hartman Institute.
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