All the news that’s fit to skim

In the pantheon of rappers rocking rites of passage, this one ranks pretty high

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My Son’s First Shiva

Seeing his teacher mourn for her murdered brother chipped away at my boy’s innocence, but it also carved open a window

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In a New Play, Walking and Talking About Jews and Music

‘A Walk with Mr. Heifetz’ imagines the famous violinist in conversations about art, Zionism, ego, and everything in between

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The Wide World of Jewish Spices

There’s more to life than garlic powder. Jewish cooks around the globe use a variety of flavors to make their food distinctive. Here’s your primer, from A to Z.

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Netflix and Phil

Ep. 125: Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal’s new food series and DoubleX Gabfest co-host June Thomas on the future of podcasting

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Call It Sleepless

When my daughter wouldn’t sleep through the night, I wondered: Was this a medical issue, or a psychological problem she’d inherited from my family?

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The Next Israel-Hezbollah War Won’t Be an Accident

Non-military options that might prevent an ‘Israel-Resistance Axis War’ are waning

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The Iran Deal Is Now Officially a Disaster. So Where Were You?

Agents of Influence: The real consequence of Obama’s signature foreign policy initiative is mayhem

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Rex Tillerson Babbles in Beirut While Middle East War Looms

Trump’s envoy tries to make a distinction between Hezbollah and Lebanon’s government where there is none

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The Kabbalah of Rothko

In the gap between transcendental and concrete experience, 48 years after the painter’s death

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An Israeli Reporter, Undercover Among Europe’s Muslim Immigrants

Zvi Yehezkeli’s work is a riveting and often terrifying look into a continent in flux

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Poet David Avidan’s ‘Futureman’ Is Here, Now

The late, spaced-out Israeli artist would have been 84 this week