Allison Hoffman is a senior editor at Tablet Magazine. Her Twitter feed is @allisont_dc.
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First Orthodox White House C-o-S Announced

Jacob who? Jacob Lew!

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Stark Loss

The death of a beloved Solomon Schechter teacher shadows a community of former students—many now at the forefront of American Jewish life

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Eric Cantor, Ready for Primetime

On ’60 Minutes,’ high-ranking Jewish Republican mostly stays on-message

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Eyes on the Hawkeye State

Paul specter looms even as Romney positions self

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United Jewish Appeal

Support for President Obama is sagging among a key Democratic voting bloc. Now his campaign has 11 months to win back Jewish voters.

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Today He Is a Fountain Pen

President Obama gives a bar mitzvah speech to Reform conference

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No. 24: Clueless

She found her thrills in Beverly Hills

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No. 33: When Harry Met Sally

The kinder, gentler, funnier Jewish romance

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No. 56: Waltz With Bashir

Drawn out memories

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Israel’s Infuriating Treatment of Lynsey Addario

Soldiers’ harassment of photojournalist was stupid and just plain cruel

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Museum Quality

A proposal to redevelop Washington’s Old Post Office includes ambitious but ill-defined plans for a museum of world Jewish history

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Jack’s Back

Abramoff returns on a mission from God

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In Jerusalem Case, Palestine Is Unspoken Issue

A dispatch from oral argument at the Supreme Court

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Jewish Law: Meet the Man Fighting to Make the State Department Put Jerusalem in Israel

Nathan Lewin helped prosecute Jimmy Hoffa. Now in practice with his daughter, he’s a Supreme Court regular and a top litigator for Jewish causes

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Truman Doctrine

Rachel Kleinfeld, an Alaska-born Rhodes Scholar, is using her Truman National Security Project to build a new Democratic foreign-policy establishment

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Israel a Hot Topic at Presidential Debate

Created opportunity for unscripted dialogue between candidates

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Why Doesn’t Federation Blush Anymore?

JFNA would honor several unsavory folks, if they pass political litmus test

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Shaken Up

Egypt’s politically expedient ban on the export of palm fronds has altered the lulav market in unexpected ways

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Fast Talk

Diplomat Dennis Ross and Times columnist Tom Friedman give an annual Yom Kippur seminar at Kol Shalom in Rockville, Md., a synagogue they helped start

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Talking Points

After the Arab Spring, a summer of Israeli protests, and the Palestinian bid for statehood, what will rabbis say in their High Holiday sermons?

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Bibi’s Brain: Meet Ron Dermer, Israel’s new ambassador to the U.S.

Ron Dermer, a Florida-born Jew who started in politics working on the 1994 Republican Revolution, is Benjamin Netanyahu’s most influential aide.

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Friday Night Lights

Ten years after Sept. 11, in a Lower Manhattan neighborhood that hasn’t had a dedicated Jewish sanctuary since before the Civil War, a new synagogue opens

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Mother Russia

The new Lifetime reality show Russian Dolls portrays the Russian-American Jews of Brighton Beach as celebrating neither America nor their Judaism but the freedom to be stereotypically Russian

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Common Ground

With a looming deadline, deep-seated distrust, and competing claims to resources, Washington’s effort to reach a debt deal is a stateside version of the ongoing quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace

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A Spin

Jordan’s late King Hussein and his unsuccessful efforts to make peace get a courtier’s treatment in the new memoir from Jack O’Connell, a former CIA station chief in Amman

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In Hebron, This Land Is … Whose Land?

New film chronicles the settler-bullies of the West Bank city

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Rabbinic Scion Clinches Same-Sex Marriage

With religious exemptions in place, N.Y. state Sen. Saland voted his conscience

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Jewish Lawmaker Key to N.Y. Marriage Bill

Scion of prominent rabbinic family has been lobbied by ultra-Orthodox

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Hatch Name-Checks His Tablet Song

Although he forgot our name, oh well

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Rabbi Marc Schneier’s Hampton Synagogue Caters to New York’s Wealthy

As his personal life spun out of control and into the tabloids, they returned the favor by closing ranks around him

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