Batya Ungar-Sargon is a freelance writer who lives in New York. Her Twitter feed is @bungarsargon.
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His Mom Ran Hadassah. His Brother Made ‘Glee.’ Now Evan Falchuk Is Going Into Politics.

The 44-year-old healthcare entrepreneur wants to be Massachusetts’s next governor and maybe start a third-party revolution

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MoMa Catalog Omits Artist’s Nazi Grandfather

Should Isa Genzken’s exhibit material make the connection? Experts disagree.

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Festival of Tights

Orthodox Jewish women of all stripes flock to an annual holiday sample sale

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The Nazi Consort Turned Soviet Spy

The strange, fascinating story of Martha Dodd

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A Passionate Rivalry Between Two Women—On the Chess Board and Everywhere Else

International chess champions Anna Zatonskih and Irina Krush play the game of life to a draw

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A ‘Get’ Controversy in New York—in 1881

The court case of John and Amelia Goldberg, as seen in the New York Times

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In Brooklyn, a Prosecutor Finds Losing Ultra-Orthodox Support Might Cost His Job

Joe Hynes faces an unprecedented electoral defeat after longtime Jewish supporters leave his side

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Two Years After Gilad Shalit’s Release, His Negotiator Looks Back—and Ahead

In his new book, ‘The Negotiator,’ Long Island-born Gershon Baskin says the prisoner swap that saved the soldier was worth it

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Another Year, Another Man

The prize should have gone to Atwood or Lahiri—or, better yet, Munro

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Rabbis Charged With Kidnapping Husbands Who Refused Divorces

Are they heroes to the wives, or religious vigilantes?

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Something Really Bad Is Always Happening to Former Literary ‘It Girl’ Tama Janowitz

The author of ‘Slaves of New York’ dishes on male reviewers, passing fame, and the satire of bad luck

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Israel Has a Marriage Problem. One American-Born Lawyer Is Trying To Solve It.

Susan Weiss started out trying to win divorce cases, but now her mission is pushing Israel’s Orthodox rabbinate to change its ways

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Pew Study Sheds Light on Evangelicals and Israel

Twice as many Evangelicals as Jews say God gave Israel to the Jewish people

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Cantor Tweets Government Shutdown Picture

House majority leader quickly rebuked by Nancy Pelosi, angry Twitter users

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Report: Low Retention Rate For Orthodox Jews

Pew poll also shows one in five U.S. Jews self-identifies as having no religion

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Why ‘Daniel Deronda’ is a Radical Failure

Sadly, the great George Eliot’s final novel leaves a lot to be desired

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The Passion According to GH, Clarice Lispector (1964)

The greatest book about a cockroach that Kafka did not write

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Shulchan Aruch, Yosef Karo (1565)

Laying down the Jewish law

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Sipurei Masiyos, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1816)

Blissed-out cosmic longing to connect with the spiritual universe

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Tsene-Rene (1590s)

The Women’s Bible

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‘There Are So Many Other Threats to Israel’

Jewish and Arab Israelis shrugging off threat of Syrian war

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In Brooklyn, Robocalls Charge Candidate Was a KGB Spy. But Who Made the Claim?

With a chance to finally elect one of their own to New York’s City Council, Russian politicos let their suspicions run wild

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Is Jewish Control Over the Slave Trade a Nation of Islam Lie or Scholarly Truth?

When Louis Farrakhan says, ‘You need to get this book,’ he means an insidious 1991 title whose claims to scholarship echo today

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Political Best-Seller Fuels Washington’s Favorite Hobby: Self-Regard

New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich on the surprising reaction to his new book, and why his rabbi told him not to worry

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Portrait of an Orthodox Israeli Drag Queen

Daniel Estrin profiles the man behind Rebbetzin Malka Falsche

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Deaf Rabbi Prepares To Lead a Hearing Congregation in Massachusetts

‘I may not hear very well, but I really know how to listen,’ says Rabbi Darby Leigh, as deaf Jews make strides in the community

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Mayoral Hopefuls Head to Hampton Synagogue

Candidates for New York City mayor head east in final campaigning push

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A Philosophically Funny New Pop Musical Asks, What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Rising songwriter Gaby Alter brings ‘Nobody Loves You,’ about love, ontology, and reality TV, to an off-Broadway debut

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Hello, Brian Lehrer? This Is All of New York On the Line.

The longtime host of NPR flagship WNYC’s morning call-in show talks about being a radio mensch, Rush Limbaugh, and city politics

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Get Detective: Meet the Elusive, Intrepid P.I. Who Frees Chained Jewish Women

He’s the expert who specializes in finding ‘disappeared’ husbands—men who leave their wives without Jewish divorces, or hope