Liel Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet Magazine.
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Talking Turkey, With Mahmoud Abbas

This holiday season, let us give thanks to ‘the angel of peace’

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The Left’s Ideas Deficit Strengthens Islamists

ISIS offers its recruits a vision of wild and violent abandon. To eradicate it, we need not only better guns but also better ideas.

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Avis Should Try Harder, In Order to Avoid Breaking the Law

The car rental giant, accused of apparent anti-Israeli bias, is now invoking a clause of which none of its employees (except one) seem to be aware

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A Manual for Living With Defeat

Israeli novelist Orly Castel-Bloom’s latest book, her best yet, is a darkly funny tale of coming to terms with despair

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Time for the Academy To Put Its Pencils Down

Don’t dismiss the petulant students at Yale and elsewhere

they’re here to tell us what we should’ve known a long time ago: American academia is beyond salvation

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I’ll Say It Again: If You Live in Europe, You Need a Gun

What happened in Paris is war, and the only way to fight it is with firearms

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A Conversation With Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s Firebrand Minister of Justice

The right-wing’s rising young female political superstar is unapologetic about Orthodox conversions, Palestinian violence, and J Street’s duplicity

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Moshe Halbertal Must Be Heard

Demand that the University of Minnesota enforce its own rules against the bigots who shouted down a renowned Israeli ethicist. It will help save lives.

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Harvard to Establish Jewish and Israeli Law Program

Professor Noah Feldman will direct the new academic initiative

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Whither the Israeli Superhero?

A new documentary traces the history of Israeli comics

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When in Doubt, Take a Selfie

In a tense moment on a bus, an Israeli soldier reacts by reaching for her smartphone

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Israel’s New Reality TV Sensation Is Good for Your Soul

How a liturgical singing contest became a cultural phenomenon

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Following the Leader

The young Palestinians behind the recent wave of stabbings in Israel are empowered by social media and authorities who openly condone a culture of violence—not unlike American school shooters

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In Israel, Fighting Big Knives and Bad Ideas

It’s not just the brutal attacks that are threatening the Jewish state; dangerous delusions may prove just as fatal

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‘The New York Times’ Goes Truther on the Temple Mount

The newspaper settles the ‘explosive historical question that cuts to the essence of competing claims to what may be the world’s most contested piece of real estate’

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The All-American

Get to know Jason Chaffetz, the man who may very well be the next Speaker of the House

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Let the Palestinians Have Their State

It’s time for Israel to disengage from the disastrous and murderous Palestinian Authority, no matter how high the cost

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The Murder of Eitam and Na’ama Henkin

The failure of Palestinian leaders to seriously grapple with the Oslo framework leads to more senseless deaths

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Is This the Beginning of the End for AIPAC?

Having failed to stop the Iran deal, and ignored by Democrats and Republicans alike, can the once-mighty organization bounce back?

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Want To Really Help Refugees?

As Abbas speaks at the U.N. General Assembly, demand the Palestinians return the aid money they’ve mishandled for decades

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Happy Birthday, Leonard Cohen!

The grand rabbi of song turns 81

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Fostering Dialogue: ‘South Park’ Exposes PC Dudebro’s Soul

Entering its 19th season, the cartoon about foul-mouthed fourth graders expertly identifies political correctness as an emotional reaction, not an intellectual argument

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For Judaism at Its Best, Look to the Muppets

More than just felt and googly eyes, the beloved creatures, returning to TV this week, are the perfect embodiment of our virtues

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Talmudic Tale Presents President Obama With a Yom Kippur Warning

An ancient story about an eager rabbi and a proud butcher offers a lesson in foreign policy

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To See Those Pews Full Again, Synagogues Should Learn From Best Buy

The electronics retailer’s miraculous turnaround offers an important lesson to shuls combating dwindling attendance

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When Bad Things Happen to Good Sheep

A new animated movie charmingly wrestles with one of Jewish theology’s thorniest questions

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Can Science Save Our Souls?

From genetically engineering a holy cow to hacking the brain to override free will, theology and technology are intersecting in interesting ways

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Donald Trump, the Last of the Great Vaudevillians

The presidential hopeful and loudmouth provocateur is reviving a long-lost, much-needed Jewish tradition

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A Wedding Without Guests, Then a Party

Sans family and friends, Israeli newlyweds leaned on Facebook to invite anybody nearby to celebrate with them. Droves came and danced the night away.

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