Josh Lambert (@joshnlambert), a Tablet Magazine contributing editor and comedy columnist, is the academic director of the Yiddish Book Center, Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author most recently of Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture.
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Levantine lives, stone synagogues, faithful feminists, minority Muslims, and Jewish jokes

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Fusion confusion: comics by journalists, Lutheran rabbis, Jewish pluralism, and pork hamantaschen

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Literary lives: as the Seder nears, books by tale-tellers, praiseworthy and otherwise

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From the classic to the newfangled: haggadahs for Seders of every shape, size, and stripe

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Optimists, pessimists, realists, and the disheartened: new books on Israel

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Bedeviled: when conscience rebels against the dictates of tradition

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Behind the pink tallis: thoughts on Jewish womanhood from Thomas Edison to Gwyneth Paltrow

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Italian sojourns: from medieval kabbalists to 20th-century refugees

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From Hodu to Kush: anticipating Purim with books on Persian food, lust-filled kings, and biblical heroines

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There are Jews everywhere: books on American Jewish communities from Washington, D.C., to Albuquerque, and others on American Jewish educators

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Shifting foundations: of five-legged tables and other theories of Jewish identity

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Scents and sensibilities: righteous aromas, early sluggers, and godless scribblers

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Ports of call: Jews in Istanbul and Odessa; Central Europe and Flushing, Queens

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Polemics and pleas, productive and inflammatory: new books on Israel and Palestine

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Spinning Yarns: storytelling from the Talmud to Lemony Snicket

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Tough customers: drunks, crazies, and other cherished branches of the family tree

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Jews and Germans, ghosts and golems, comedians and clowns

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Women and work, women and prayer: from ancient Rome to contemporary Brooklyn

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Books that instruct, books that edify

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Medieval Times

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Separating Synagogue and State

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New York, New York

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Modern anti-Semitism

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Horror’s afterlife: new writing about the Holocaust

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Romantics, old and new

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Continuity and change

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Jews and non-Jews: common territory, dividing lines

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Jews in Muslim lands

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Israel: personal and political

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