Israel

Modern Israel

Modern Israel at a Glance

An overview of the Jewish state and its many accomplishments and challenges.

Modern Israel

Israel’s Vibrant Jewish Ethnic Mix

Just because Israel is a Jewish country doesn't mean all its Jews are the same.

Jewish Thought

Israel in Jewish Thought 101

Through centuries of exile, Jewish hopes and prayers were focused on the Promised Land.

Why Some Holidays Last Longer Outside Israel

Israelis and liberal Jews observe fewer days for some holidays than traditional Diaspora Jews.

Israel’s War of Independence

Establishing a new nation and defending It

The Evolution of Israeli Cuisine

Increasingly trendy worldwide, Israeli food mixes the flavors of the Middle East and the Jewish Diaspora.

Terrorism in Israel: Questions and Answers

Palestinian attacks on civilians have been a feature of life in Israel since even before the country’s establishment.

What Is the Temple Mount?

Holy to both Jews and Muslims, this area in Jerusalem's Old City has been a focal point of inter-religious tension for decades.

Modern Israeli History: A Timeline

Key moments in the Jewish state's history.

Israeli Settlements: Questions and Answers

An overview of these Jewish communities in the West Bank — and why they are so controversial.

What Is BDS?

All about the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.

VIDEO: How to Make Simple Hummus

Homemade hummus is easy and cheap.

A Crash Course in Early Jewish History

From biblical times to the emergence of Rabbinic Judaism.

Praying for the Welfare of the State of Israel

While following a tradition of praying for the government, this prayer has some significant differences.