Liel Leibovitz

Liel Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet Magazine.

Israel’s Great Unknown Chef

The revered chef Hanoch Bar Shalom, who died last week, reinvented Israeli cuisine by embracing local food

Soldiers Testify They Posed as Violent Protesters

IDF ploy was to gin up violence, justify crackdown in West Bank village

Cracking the Computer Code

Few people know the programming languages like Java and Ruby that run the modern world. The People of the Book should fight against this illiteracy.

Adel Imam and Arab Farce

Egypt’s famous comic actor was on trial this week for offending Islam. But for Israeli kids, he was a beloved face on state TV’s weekly Arab Movie.

Standing Up to Putin

The Man Without a Face, Masha Gessen’s biography of the Russian leader, reminds us why U.S. Jews must put pressure on a repressive foreign regime

IDF’s Religion Problem Displayed in Assault

Attack on peaceful protesters highlight’s military’s increased religiosity

In Defense of Marion Barry

Racially charged remarks got the disgraced politician in trouble last week. But he’ll survive, because he’s sincere, even with his foot in his mouth.

Re-Opening the American Mind

Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind remains as important as ever, and as misunderstood, 25 years after the 1980s culture wars

Eli Yishai Bans Günter Grass From Israel

Israel’s minister of the interior responds unjustly to controversial poem

The Unbearable Lightness of Girls

Most men won’t be allowed to admit this, but the new HBO show is a disastrous celebration of entitlement and helplessness

You Be the Judge

From Top Chef to online restaurant reviews, we love to pass judgment—but we’re doing it all wrong. Judaism offers a blueprint for doing it wisely.

Bar Refaeli To Star in Mossad Pic

The Dubai assassination hits the big screen

Free Ravi

The jury in the Rutgers case got it wrong: It may be the Internet, not a stupid 20-year-old, that is ultimately responsible for the tragedy

Bookends

How serious is our society’s literacy problem? Unless we commit to being serious readers of a shared canon, we might as well stop reading altogether.

The Other Zion Square

Website’s right-wing alternative doesn’t want you to know who runs it

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