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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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David Shapiro’s Narrow Bridge

A descendant of the New York School brings cantorial poetics to his new collection, ‘In Memory of an Angel’

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The Accidental Tourists

A new anthology, edited by Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon, inadvertently and correctly argues that coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians is an illusion.

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Proust and Dreyfus

In an excerpt from the newly translated Gaslight, by German writer Joachim Kalka, an examination of how the scandal that rocked France bled into European literature

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Wall This Way

Episode 91: Novelist Ruth Gilligan on writing the Jews of Ireland, and Yascha Mounk on rising populism in Europe and the U.S.

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Are Right-Wing American Jewish Settlers Destroying Zionism?

A new history, City on a Hilltop, looks at the huge range of political affiliations that have animated people to occupy land in and around Israel

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The Genius of Literature

Bernard-Henri Lévy draws from the well of late-18th-century French philosopher Chateaubriand for a broad defense of the aesthetics and morals of liberalism

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The Afterlife of Rabbi Akiva

An excerpt from Barry W. Holtz’s new biography of the 1st-century sage of the Talmud

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Some Reflections on Chaim Potok’s ‘The Chosen’

The novel, published 50 years ago today, shaped the American Jewish encounter with Hasidism and Orthodoxy, while giving a pretty good play-by-play account of a baseball game

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Wise vs. Silverman, or New York’s Historic Rabbinical Women’s Suffrage Smack-Down

One hundred years ago this month, religious leaders took sides. In this corner: ‘women’s rights are human rights.’ In the far corner: ‘the only natural roles for women are as homemaker and educator of children.’

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Going to Lvov

Polish poet and essayist Adam Zagajewski’s extravagant and miraculous new collection, ‘Slight Exaggeration,’ takes on banality and vulgarity through elegant art

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Title IX Campus Witch Hunts, According to Laura Kipnis

‘Unwanted Advances’ is a clarion call for accusatory university cultures gone mad

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Black Mountain Bar Mitzvah Poems

Should Larry Eigner’s work be read through the lens of his palsy?

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Glasnost Ceiling

Episode 83: Novelist Sana Krasikov and political strategist Patrick Ruffini

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A Graphic Account of a Soviet Daughter

Julia Alekseyeva’s moving tale of her great-grandmother, a Russian refugee, and the perils and promises of idealism

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Was Nazi Germany Made in America?

A new history argues convincingly that institutionalized racism and common-law pragmatism in the United States inspired Hitler’s policies

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Camille Paglia on Jews and Feminism

A dialogue with Adam Kirsch, about her new collection ‘Free Women, Free Men’

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Bibliomancy, and the Sacred Lottery of the Vilna Gaon

How the technique of chancing upon a passage in a Torah scroll or printed Pentateuch came to be a staple of fortune tellers

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Thanksgiving in Mongolia Revisited

A miscarriage—and other fateful devastations—in Ariel Levy’s ‘hard-hitting’ new memoir, ‘The Rules Do Not Apply’

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Orthodox Israeli Feminists Meet Our American Cousins

A memoir of two currents of Modern Orthodox feminism in Blu Greenberg and Tamar Ross, with degrees of activism and tolerance at the heart of the difference

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Adulting With Jami Attenberg

A Brooklyn woman learns to ‘handle her shit’ in the new novel, ‘All Grown Up’

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Stand-Up Lit From Israeli Fiction’s Mr. Sobriety

David Grossman’s protagonist takes the mic for some Rothian self-loathing, in the ‘raucous’ new novel ‘A Horse Walks Into a Bar’

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Israeli Immigration Thriller Becomes Global Sensation

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s suspenseful new ‘Waking Lions’ turns the fateful collision of an Israeli doctor and an African immigrant into an indictment of surging nationalism

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4 3 2 1: A Novel by Paul Auster

From Tablet’s print magazine: the late 1960s and all their Jewish rebelliousness, in an ‘energetic’ new fiction full of alternate realities

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Norman Podhoretz’s Valentine to Himself

How the ‘Commentary’ magazine editor came to write his influential memoir, now being reissued for its 50th anniversary

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X’s and O’s

Episode 77: Ayelet Waldman on LSD microdosing, ‘Why Oh Why’ host Andrea Silenzi, and historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich on Morman plural marriage

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Depression Classic

Daphne Merkin’s alarmingly powerful memoir, ‘This Close to Happy,’ delves into the childhood wreckage and adult emptiness of ‘the process of depression’

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From America to Russia and Back, ‘The Patriots’ Tells Us Stories That Couldn’t Be More Current

Sana Krasikov’s ‘boldly imagined’ new novel sees Russia as a place where it is impossible to keep your hands clean

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The Genius of Judaism and Bernard-Henri Lévy

The morally minded French public intellectual applies 21st-century chutzpah to our radical age

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The Lives of Barney Rosset

The fearless head of the legendary Grove Press tells, well, not all in his ‘disorienting’ memoir, ‘My Life in Publishing and How I Fought Censorship’

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