The Spice Queen // Alex Tal

Beatrice, Hannah, or Gracia? The lives of the conversos and their descendants in the 16th century were a masquerade of names and identities. Most remarkable was Dona Gracia, who used her fabulous wealth and international contacts to protect her people

Miss Palestine // Hizky Shoham

In 1920s Tel Aviv, Miss Palestine pageants transformed Queen Esther from a historical figure into a symbol of feminine allure. Yet beauty queens who dared use their moment in the spotlight to escape anonymity faced harsh public criticism

Calling Henrietta // Efrat Krausz

From teaching immigrants to setting up a country-wide  social work system, from founding Hadassah to saving thousands of young people through Youth Aliya, nothing seems to have been beyond Henrietta Szold. How did a nonpartisan American pacifist become a pre-state Zionist leader? Because whenever Jews called, Henrietta came

Cooking Up a Revolution // Chana Kehat

The rebbetzin who preferred learning Talmud to cooking and laundry, Rayna Batya Berlin, wife of the head of Volozhin Yeshiva, could be termed the first Orthodox Jewish feminist

Herod’s Last Monument // Sara Jo Ben Zvi

Open now at the Israel Museum, Israel’s most ambitious archaeology exhibit ever –is also the first world wide devoted to Herod the Great. The challenges faced by the exhibition’s curators make one realize why

Book review

The Jewish Gospel, Daniel Boyarin // Lara Kwalbrun

From the Archives

With Thanks from Damascus // Yochai Ben-Gedalia

Letter of thanks from the wives of community leaders in the Damascus Affair

History Lives

Our Woman in Beirut – Shula Cohen Kishik // Anat Adler-Tal