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Stuart Schoffman is a research fellow at Shalom Hartman Institute.

For more than 20 years, as a writer for the Jerusalem Report and Jewish newspapers in North America, he has combined Jewish scholarship with reportage and analysis of politics, religion and culture.

His translations from Hebrew include books by the Israeli authors A.B. Yehoshua, David Grossman, and Meir Shalev. Before making aliya in 1988, he worked as a journalist for Fortune and Time magazines in New York, and as a Hollywood screenwriter.

He has taught American history at the University of Texas, and film at the University of Southern California and Tel Aviv University. He holds degrees in history from Harvard and Yale.

Stuart Schoffman


Sep 11, 2012

A political scientist examines the ways the Zionist project looked at language and time. Is there something inherent in Hebrew that made it unsuitable for building a state?

Aug 9, 2012

People are scared, and scarred by history. The writer is scared, the reader is scared, the prime minister is scared

May 31, 2012

Issues of religion and state in Israel are not as divisive as they seem

May 29, 2012

Inflammatory rhetoric about African immigrants to Israel is disgraceful

Apr 19, 2012

Is dismissing the refusal of Israeli Arab Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran to sing ‘Hatikvah’ understandable because he is an Arab?

Feb 13, 2012


The issue explores the urgent subject of criticism and its boundaries

Feb 7, 2012

Should corruption discourage our Zionist hopes and dreams?

Feb 1, 2012

Fearing the worst, anxious Jews risk bringing it on. This irony is known as self-fulfilling prophecy

Oct 28, 2011

To understand widespread Israeli alienation from the beauty of Jewish tradition, look to Ben-Gurion’s political bargain with the Orthodox (from Tablet)

Oct 10, 2011

Although penned by an alcoholic poet who moved to America, Israel’s national anthem still lifts the spirits of many Jews

Sep 27, 2011

The editor of Hartman Institute’s Havruta Journal was interviewed by Israeli English-language TV

Jun 20, 2011


The issue discusses the new Jewish disenchantment with Israel and calls for a new narrative to enrich the significance of Israel in Jewish life

Apr 28, 2011

The Zionist project, in 2011, may be shot through with thorny problems, but it is still the best answer to the question it was designed to resolve, the so-called "Jewish Question."

Jan 27, 2011

The sixth issue of Havruta: A Journal of Jewish Conversation, now available online, is dedicated to a search for ikkarim, core principles of Judaism

Sep 1, 2010

Tourism in Jerusalem has a truth of its own, as Twain and Melville well understood

Jun 6, 2010

The ultimate solution for Jerusalem, an out-of-the-box arrangement for this unique and wondrous city that provides security and dignity for all its inhabitants, awaits its new visionary. With any luck, he or she will be wiser than Solomon, and find a way to share the contested treasure

Apr 15, 2010

Israel is both an ancient and post-modern text, to be argued over like a page of Talmud in the Beit Midrash. There are many ways to be pro-Israel, not one or two. The study hall should be big enough to accommodate a wide range of arguers

Feb 17, 2010

Our fourth issue of Havruta is devoted to a timely topic, “The Business of Ethics.” The financial crisis affects us all: it shakes our foundations

Feb 2, 2010

The financial crisis affects us all: it shakes our foundations. We all need to look in the mirror and reflect

Jun 7, 2009

This 42nd anniversary of the outbreak of the Six-Day War - source of our great pride and ongoing frustration - is a good moment to affirm that the historical justice and necessity of the sovereign Jewish state are indeed more deeply rooted than Obama noted in his speech

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The End of Policy Substance in Israel Politics