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Jewish Heroes and Nazi Monsters

Torah scribe, New Deal propagandist, unrelenting anti-Nazi: the many lives of ferocious cartoonist and illustrator Arthur Szyk at a jewel of a show at the New-York Historical Society

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Why Yiddish is Funny

As demonstrated by the ‘Jewish Don Quixote,’ by S.Y. Abramovitsh, aka Mendele the Book Peddler

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A Wannabe-Hardboiled-Jew Reads Raymond Chandler’s ‘The Long Goodbye’

Bookworm: Was the tough guy America’s greatest act?

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Caught With My Khalemoyed in My Hand

Rokhl’s Golden City: In the off-days of Sukkot: not going to shul, going out with observant friends to hear an all-female klezmer band, and visiting Eichmann at a museum

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The Stamp Collector

A philatelist passes on his little square markers of love and loss to his daughter

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Nicole Krauss’ Dark Forest, aka the Tel Aviv Hilton

Bookworm: Entering the multiverse of alternate selves, a dissociative nightmare, to find a way in the woods

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Whitman and the American Revelation

The epiphany that led to a national literature’s single greatest achievement: tucked in a prosaic, newly discovered early novel are the seeds of ‘Leaves of Grass’

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Motherless Brussels: Notes on Chantal Akerman’s ‘No Home Movie’

Thirteen ways of looking at the great filmmaker, two years after her death by suicide

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Elie Wiesel’s Secret

A little-known Yiddish manuscript upends our idea of the secular saint of human suffering

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Larry David’s Art of Malevolent Dissimulation

A**hole or victim? ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ poses the existential question.

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Jerry Lewis Did Kol Nidre in Clown-Face on Yom Kippur, May His Soul Find a Shining Piece of Paradise

Rokhl’s Golden City: The Jazz Singer, and a legendary klezmer drummer bubbe

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Ambivalence as a Jewish Value

A ‘disease of the mind’ or a blessing, a ‘moment of paralyzing indecision that enables us the impossible’ and expresses rationality at its utmost? How the Judaic tradition of criticism of norms creates ‘rational rabbis’ but also leaves us lost for words.

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A Discourse on Love, by Deepthinker Whatshisname

Bookworm: Alain de Botton teaches ‘The Course of Love,’ but why?

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Elisheva Bikhovsky, One of the Greatest Poets in the Modern Hebrew Language, Wasn’t Jewish

A casualty of a naïve belief in Israel’s potential to adopt a secular Hebrew culture beyond Judaism’s defining religious difference, the Russian-born writer was also revived as a feminist icon in the 1970s

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The Settler Nakba and the Rise of Post-Modern Post-Zionist Religious Ideology on the West Bank

To better understand the settler movement today, look to new thinkers like Rav Shagar, not the foundational minds of Ravs Kook, Amital, and Lichtenstein

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The Stunning, Delicious Depravity of Lawrence Durrell’s ‘Justine’

‘Bookworm,’ Tablet’s voracious new column: Alexandria swoons

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Urban Sephardic Culture in the Ottoman Empire

An overlooked golden age of Jewish culture flowered in the cities of Istanbul, Edirne, Salonica, Izmir, Aleppo, Damascus, Baghdad, Cairo, and Alexandria—where almost no Jews live today

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Oktoberfest Was Invented by Jews

German beer culture’s surprising origins

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Secret Crypto-Jewish Diaries Rediscovered in New York, Displayed in Mexico City

Ahead of Mexico’s Independence Day, the autobiographical writings of Inquisition victim Luis de Carvajal finally go home

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We Are Family

Episode 105: Writer Annabelle Gurwitch on being her elderly mother’s drug mule; plus the creative duo behind the one-man film ‘Wrestling Jerusalem’

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The Jew as Pariah

Romanian writer Mihail Sebastian’s 1934 autobiographical novel ‘For Two Thousand Years’ remains a classic document of 20th-century Jewish history

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Frederick Wiseman Is Here

With a penetrating new film on the Public Library, the master documentary filmmaker continues his generous 50-year X-ray view of the human systems behind American democratic life

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Citizens Transformed Into Raging Animals, in Yiddish

Rokhl’s Golden City: New Yiddish Rep’s version of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, and a trombonist extraordinaire at KlezKanada

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A Golden ‘Girl of the West’

New York City Opera strikes it rich with Puccini’s ‘La Fanciulla,’ in a ‘triumphant’ return for the house of music of our humble European immigrant ancestors

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The Smell of Crayons

Lessons from the first day of class on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in the early 1950s

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How Israel Went Nuclear

The father of Israel’s nuclear deterrent reveals how it was built. An exclusive excerpt from No Room For Small Dreams, Shimon Peres’ posthumous autobiography.

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All Those TV Remakes Are Good for Your Soul. Seriously.

This fall season, Hollywood finally catches up with kabbalistic notions of repetition and reincarnation, giving us all one more shot at working through the stories of our lives

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Was Hollywood Too Jewish?

A subversive biography of movie mogul Jack Warner tries a new answer to an old question

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On Philip Levine, the Workingman’s Poet

Detroit, the Spanish Civil War, and the yearning for a perfect society

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JZ’s 12 Commandments for Incoming College Freshmen

Campus Week: Good advice, bad advice, and other words to live by

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