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Soccer as a Wartime Prism

Author Simon Kuper uses soccer to show how, as Dutch Jews were killed, life went on for everyone else

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Cello Genius on the Move

Between stops on a world tour, Alisa Weilerstein remembers the late Elliott Carter and plays us some Bach

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My Hip-Hop Nation

If a society’s vitality is evidenced by the pulse of its dance music, then there’s hope for Israel

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Enough Already With Koufax

A new book argues that the roster of Jewish jocks includes matadors, weightlifters, and competitive eaters

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Holocaust Memoir Scandal Redux

In The Canvas, novelist Benjamin Stein looks at the Binjamin Wilkomirski story from opposing angles

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How Streisand Got Her Start

A new biography of the singer, performing in Brooklyn this week, tells how a penniless teen got her star born

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Harold Kushner Reads Job

The man who brought us When Bad Things Happen to Good People turns to a biblical predecessor for lessons

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Is Israel a Modern Sparta?

In Fortress Israel, journalist Patrick Tyler argues that the country’s warrior ethos impedes Mideast peace

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Meyer Levin’s Anne Frank

A controversial radio play of the famous diary—rejected in 1952 as too Jewish—gets a second airing

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Jewish Guys on the Side

Hanna Rosin’s book The End of Men says women now outperform men. Is that true in Jewish communal life?

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New Songs for Old Prayers

Epichorus, led by a rabbinical student and with a Sudanese Muslim singer, redefines devotional music

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Member of the Tribe

Theodore Ross grew up pretending he wasn’t Jewish. His book Am I a Jew? traces his re-engagement with Judaism.

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The New Sound of Central Asia

The Alaev Family, from Tajikistan by way of Israel, turns traditional folk songs into infectious dance music

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David Rakoff Reads Bambi

Bambi was invented by a Viennese Jew. David Rakoff, who died Aug. 9, examined the story’s dark side in 2006.

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Florida’s Airport Ambassador

Betty Sussman, 80, finds her calling as an official greeter at Palm Beach International Airport

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Reporter Digs Up Converso Past

New York Times writer Doreen Carvajal goes to Spain to understand why her ancestors hid their Jewish roots

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What Went Wrong in Munich

How oversensitivity toward Germany’s Nazi past contributed to the murder of 11 Israeli athletes in 1972

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Modern Muslim Girls

Documentary film The Light in Her Eyes reveals how a Syrian school upends notions about religious education

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Shtetl-Born Strongman

How a Polish Jewish refugee named Joseph Greenstein became a legendary Coney Island strongman

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Israel’s African Problem

Israel was founded on the belief that refugees deserve a safe haven. Does that apply to Jews only?

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A Novel’s Unlikely Friends

From the archive: A gay man and an Orthodox rabbi find connection in Wayne Hoffman’s novel Sweet Like Sugar

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Blonde and Botoxed in Miami

Aline Kominsky-Crumb, half of the legendary comics duo, submits to a high-hair makeover for the sake of art

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A Chinese Shul’s Love Story

North Bank Suzhou Creek, a bilingual production set in wartime Shanghai, brings music back to a silent sanctuary

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Moroccan Grooves, Blogged

A fan scours record collections from Marrakech to Montreal for music by Morocco’s bygone Jewish pop stars

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An Atheist for Religion

In Religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton urges nonbelievers to pick and choose religions’ best offerings

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Voices Raised for Jerusalem

The Zamir Chorale brings its Jewish choral music to Jazz at Lincoln Center in celebration of Yom Yerushalayim

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Old Jews Telling More Jokes

The web series ‘Old Jews Telling Jokes’ goes off-Broadway, with shtick, songs, and a script by writer Daniel Okrent

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The Most Perfect Hebrew Bible

The medieval Aleppo Codex was safeguarded for centuries in Syria. The problems started when it arrived in Israel.

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Madeleine Albright’s War Years

In a new memoir, Prague Winter, the former secretary of State explores her family’s World War II history and discovers the fate of those left behind

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Taken for a Ride in Jerusalem

Jerusalem’s light-rail system was designed in part to force Arabs and Jews to interact. Now that it’s running, commuters share one thing: discontent.

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