Mark Oppenheimer is Tablet’s editor at large. He writes the monthly Beliefs column for The New York Times and is the author of three books, including Thirteen and a Day, about crashing bar and bat mitzvahs nationwide, and Wisenheimer, his memoir of surviving years of high school debate. He has a wife, two dogs, and as many daughters as Rush Limbaugh has had wives.
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Not Jew-ish but a Jew

Edgar Bronfman’s posthumous book asks ‘Why Be Jewish?’ It’s the wrong question. Jews have no choice.

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More Voices Weigh In on Marc Gafni Controversy

Phillips Exeter Academy chaplain on the ex-rabbi: ‘I hope he comes back regularly’

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Understanding the Marc Gafni Story, Part II

Talking to the friends and colleagues of a controversial ex-rabbi

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All About That Trayf

Next week in Boston, some Jews will fill their gullets with roasted pig and assorted shellfish. This dinner is definitely not sanctioned by the Association for Jewish Studies.

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Person Up, Yale Students

The problem with the protests isn’t that they’re radical, but that they’re not radical enough

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Oh, Willis Carto, We Hardly Knew Ye

The Holocaust denier and publisher of anti-Semitic drivel has died. We should have known the all-American better.

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Teenage Dream, Real Genius

Amazon’s excellent new TV Series ‘Red Oaks’ is a fresh take on the ’80s teen comedy

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Far From the Tree

An open letter to writer Elizabeth Weil, who’s unsure how to help her 12-year-old become a bat mitzvah

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Why I Refuse to Boycott BYU as a Guest Speaker

Citing opposition to a strict school policy, a sociologist scheduled to give a talk at the Mormon-sponsored university backed out. I wondered if I should do the same.

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Fashion Genius

Ralph Lauren may be stepping down as CEO, but his polo shirts showed us how to play the part of a life well-lived, with money well-spent

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School’s Out—But Why?

Our public schools have few Jews left. We should let everyone go to school on Jewish holidays.

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The Illusionist

Al Seckel has left the country. But the world’s greatest collector of optical illusions left some troubles behind.

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An Ode to My Father and His Courageous Career

‘I’d never have had the courage to do something so eccentric and insecure if not for your example’

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Anti-Anti-Semitic Fundamentalism

Canary Mission turns the fight against hate into a secret witchhunt

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Yale Responds to Swastika Drawn on Campus

What would ousted Yale chaplain Bruce Shipman do in light of the incident?

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Crucified by His Own Bishop

The Yale Episcopal chaplain, forced out over accusations of anti-Semitism, talks about his downfall

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High Holiday Reading from Tablet

A preview of what’s to come over the next few weeks

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The Yale Chaplain Who Doesn’t Get Jews

If Jews make Israeli policy, do Wasps run England?

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Zionism for Refugees

With Central American children at our borders, the United States, and the West, cannot just criticize Israel

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The Wall Street Journal Needs a Linguistics Lesson

Hundred percent, as the Orthodox say

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How Not To Write a Zionist Op-Ed

Ex-Israeli ambassador Michael Oren still sounds like PR man in WSJ essay

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Mika Brzezinski Welcomes Viewers to ‘Morning Jew’

And a challenge for our readers

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What Slate Got Wrong About Birthright and Max Steinberg’s Death

Placing blame for an IDF casualty on a free trip to Israel is irresponsible

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How the Pledge of Allegiance Helped Me Love ‘Hatikvah’

The nationalist anthem my kids sing at camp makes me uneasy. But I grew up reciting a jingoistic pledge, and I turned out OK.

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Alberto Manguel and the Library of Babel

The Argentinian-born man of letters, cosmopolitan defender of books and reading, is exiled to a world of his own making

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Learning Judaism as a Native Language Requires More Than Synagogue Once a Year

Becoming fluent in your own religious tradition is like playing an instrument or a sport: It takes time, dedication, and practice.

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The Denial Twist, Part IV

The Jewish women behind the Holocaust revisionism titans

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The Denial Twist, Part III

The struggle gets personal between two titans of Holocaust-revisionism movement

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