Tablet staffers share their favorite fiction and non-fiction reads

To urge unity, not division, through healthy debate

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All Hail the Queen

Sasha Velour, channeling Whitney Houston, takes home the crown on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

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A Synagogue, Built to Last, in the ‘DIY’ Spirit of Maine

Congregation Beth El in Bangor has created a number of functional and decorative pieces for its prayer space, from a bima and Torah ark to a ‘tree of life’

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Maya Reik’s Fashion Muse Is Her Bubbe

The 19-year-old Israeli designer behind the Marei 1998 label is proud to get many of her sartorial cues from her grandmother

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What Happens When a Dying Man Doesn’t Die

A question of morals for a loopy Coen-brothers script, in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study

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Losing My Daughter

A father’s story

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Pitas, Pride, and Prejudice

Israeli cuisine is the all the rage in New York these days. But it’s missing one key ingredient: nationalism.

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Is Israel Catching Up Too Late to a Major Strategic Threat from Iran?

The Jewish state confronts the possibility of a new front—or two—in its ongoing conflict with a hostile regional power on the rise

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Hezbollah’s Environmental Warriors

Iran Week: Are trees planted in Lebanon along the Israeli border really for ‘nature reserves’?

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‘All-of-a-Kind Family,’ Time Travel, and Frozen in Time

Rokhl’s Golden City: What decomposing unearthed silent-film stock has to say to Yiddishists

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The Iranian Intellectual Who Inspired the Islamic Revolution and Admired Israel

Iran Week: Jalal Al-e Ahmad’s astonishing and paradoxical account of his 1963 travels in the Holyland, newly translated and reissued as ‘The Israeli Republic’

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Was Florine Stettheimer a Good Painter?

The Jewish Museum’s current show gives viewers a second chance to ‘see her light,’ and to see the socialite and troubled daughter behind the art