Liel Leibovitz

Liel Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet Magazine.

Real Deal

Jews in a mostly black genre, the Beastie Boys are nevertheless one of the only acts making authentic hip-hop, as their classic Licensed to Ill proves

Revenge of the Nerds

Video games are the medium of revenge, and for Israeli boys killing Hitler in Wolfenstein, that meant addressing some deep traumas

God Got Game

Video games teach us everything we need to know about the tension between destiny and free will

Maddening

A show about intermarriage, Mad About You never once mentioned religion. It’s a monument to the comedic dangers of ethnic cleansing.

Bad Faith

The Republican presidential candidates’ refusal to believe in things like global warming isn’t just bad science; it’s also very poor religion

Fear Factor

Erica Jong’s classic novel about passion, sex, and the true self has something to teach contemporary writers who have lost their humanity

Forget 9/11

Or, if you must, celebrate it on 5/2

Out of Tune

When Israelis and Palestinians choose politics over music, they’re guilty of the gravest offense in the Torah: acting like Amalek

Israeli Soldiers Barred from Turkey Match

IDF orders Maccabi Tel Aviv players not to travel to hostile land

Why Doesn’t Euroleague Recognize Tel Aviv?

A basketball video game refers to ‘Maccabi Electra’

The Non-Belonger

Alfred Kazin brought out the Jew in Emerson, the mystic in sex, and the terrible beauty in community. There’s no better guide for the “social me” age.

Ice and Fire

Moses, the father of a radically egalitarian legal system, would have dug the soft financial revolution taking place in Iceland

Exegesis

Jeanette Ingberman—the co-founder of New York’s Exit Art gallery, who died last week—brought a Talmudic sensibility to avant-garde art

Curses

The Torah and the recent hit children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep both stress the importance of being aware not only of kind words but of damning ones as well

An Israeli Ode to Gadaffi

Putative relative of Libyan leader bemoans his downfall (in verse)

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