Cynthia Kaplan Shamash fled Iraq 40-odd years ago, when she was just a kid. Her flight foreshadowed that of young refugees fleeing Syria now. Where did she land? Where will they?
Mimi Stillman’s new album features works inspired by upheaval in Europe and the Middle East
For years, scholars dismissed the Arabic on text fragments from Cairo’s genizah as unimportant scribbling. Then along came Marina Rustow, bona fide ‘genius.’
Rita Gabis knew only that her mother’s Catholic family came from Lithuania after the Holocaust. Then she started asking hard questions.
What does a rabbi do in late August when he no longer needs to prep for High Holidays?
Looking for a good book to sink into at the beach in these waning dog days? Friends share what they’ve loved lately.
Vox Tablet is delighted to share the inaugural episode of Tablet’s newest podcast, Unorthodox
Historian Lisa Leff tracks the perplexing journey of a 20th century collector, scholar, survivor, and thief
Every day for the past month, we’ve re-upped our favorite conversations. Find them all here.
After a burst blood vessel nearly killed her, Jessica Fechtor discovers the restorative power of baking—and receiving—a cake
Vox Tablet launches a revue of our favorite episodes from the past decade with this gem of a story from Janice Erlbaum
On a new album, Italian singer Shulamit offers modern interpretations of haunting songs left by women in the Holocaust
Victor Rodack dreamed of visiting Israel. In 1967, he found an unusual way to make his dream a reality.
Historian Jonathan Sarna discusses the Great Emancipator’s ties to a chiropodist, military men, and other Jews
Stories for Passover about slavery, freedom, family… and lice
Record a favorite holiday anecdote and you could be featured on Tablet
The Book of Esther doesn’t mention God. Robert Alter’s new translation shows that’s just one way the biblical text is unique.
Victoria Hanna chants the Hebrew alphabet to a catchy hip-hop beat
Matthew Fishbane accompanied a group of would-be Jews as they made aliyah from rural India, led by an unlikely activist
Listening in as two sixth grade boys face a Detroit preteen rite of passage
Everything about the immigrant peddler that you never thought to ask
Daniel Estrin on reporting from the French capital after the terror attacks
In a new memoir, the controversial ‘New York Times’ columnist connects dots between dislocation and his mother’s depression
The cartoonist’s grahic memoir made many Top Ten lists this year. Here’s what she had to say about it.
Washington-area Sephardic Jews share traditional foods and converse in the disappearing language of their ancestors
Tablet friends and family help us puzzle out Hanukkah’s origin story—and explain why we don’t celebrate a ninth day of oil
The genius behind ‘All in the Family,’ ‘The Jeffersons,’ and other barrier-breaking TV shows talks about his childhood and career
Jonathan Eig examines the renegade Jewish biologist and his three co-crusaders who made having sex without having a baby possible
New York Festival of Song’s Steven Blier’s latest program showcases Freud’s influence on the Golden Age of German lieder
Jesse Olsen Bay uses his grandmother’s unpublished prose on ‘Makings,’ by turns a whimsical and melancholy album