Edited by Jonathan Zalman
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What to Read This Summer

Tablet staffers share their favorite fiction and non-fiction reads

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What Is the Job of a Rabbi in the Pulpit?

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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Every. Streisand. Movie. Ever.

Well, nearly. The Quad Cinema in New York is paying homage to Barbra Streisand with a weeklong movie marathon.

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Pride and Prejudice in the Jewish State

Recent events—from Pride in Beersheba to Netanyahu scrapping plans for an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel—serve as a reminder to fight for the Israel you want to see

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Gene Simmons Didn’t Get Far in His Quest to Trademark His Trademark Hand Gesture

You’ve seen it before, sure. But Simmons, as we’ve come to learn, wasn’t the first to use this very, very cool sign.

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It’s Going To Be a ‘Wet Hot’ Summer. Again!

The defining Jewish summer camp movie-turned-TV series is back, baby!

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The Chosen Ones: An Interview With Scott Feldman

The celebrity chef super-manager on starting from the bottom, great restaurants, and why he’s a ‘glutton’ for jarred gefilte fish

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Hard Reporting on the World’s Most Dangerous Regime

Tablet introduces: Iran Week

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Jay Solomon’s Firing Is a Cautionary Tale

The former foreign affairs correspondent for the Wall Street Journal was fired after the AP discovered the columnist was allegedly involved in commercial dealings with an Iranian-born arms dealer

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Meet Melech Zilbershlag, the Israeli Millennial Who’s Becoming a YouTube Sensation

Got assumptions about the Orthodox community in Israel? ‘King’ Zilbershlag is here to debunk them.

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Gruel and Foie Gras: Voyages on the High Seas Into New York Harbor, 1900-1914

A new exhibit at the South Street Seaport Museum depicts ‘migrants and millionaires aboard the great liners’ at the turn of the century

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Love—and Learn About—Your Jewish LGBT Neighbor

A Tablet reading list for Pride

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Why Was Otto Warmbier’s Jewish Faith Kept a Secret During His Detainment in North Korea?

According to a Times of Israel report, Warmbier’s family and those working for his release chose not to disclose his Judaism so as not to ’embarrass’ North Korea

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The ‘Gift’ of Mikveh

ImmerseNYC continues its mission to make ritual baths accessible, support-driven, and therapeutic

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The 44-year-old Israeli MMA Fighter With a Magen David Tattoo on His Elbow

In the twilight of his career, Haim Gozali hopes to bring the ruckus to Madison Square Garden Saturday night for Bellator 180

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The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Through the Eyes of ‘Muhi’

Muhi—Generally Temporary tells the story of a Palestinian boy who travels to an Israeli hospital for a life-saving treatment, with his grandfather by his side

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Billionaire Haim Saban Backs Congressional Bill That Could Cut Funding to Palestinian Authority

The Democratic donor is supporting the Taylor Force Act, a Republican-led effort to prevent American taxpayer money from incentivizing Palestinian terrorism

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In Otto Warmbier’s Death, Echoes of Steven Sotloff and Jason Rezaian

Two young Americans were murdered by crazies. Why were their families forced to stay silent?

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Israeli Rap for Grown-Ups

Nechi Nech, Hebrew’s greatest hip-hop star, releases new masterful album

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Israeli-born T.J. Leaf Is Ready to Play Ball in the NBA—and Make History

The  6’10” forward from UCLA is projected to go in the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft in Brooklyn

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What the Alt-Right Understands About Winning Elections That Some Progressives Do Not

Why is the anti-Semitic alt-right OK with Trump’s Jewish family? The answer explains part of the movement’s success.

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‘The Best Musicians Make Tasty Cholent’

The Yiddish Soul festival in Central Park featured classic acts like The Maccabeats and Klezmatics—and lots of tefillin, davening, and Talmud study

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Huge Collection of Nazi Artifacts Discovered in Hidden Room in Home Near Buenos Aires

The trove of 75 items is the largest discovery of Nazi-era artifacts in the country’s history

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It’s Time for Zionists to Stop Celebrating the Balfour Declaration

The century-old document is a testament to colonialist double-dealing that left many Jews dead. Israel was reclaimed as the Jewish homeland in spite of it, not because of it.

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The Internet Is Ruining Hebrew

The language of the Bible just got stupider, courtesy of Facebook commenters (and the Academy of the Hebrew Language)

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