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Goodbye to All That

For generations, the Jews of Caracas had idyllic weather, prosperity, and vibrant communal organizations. Things changed under Hugo Chávez.

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Who Shall Live

Reporter Dara Horn admires Varian Fry, who saved Jewish intellectuals from the Nazis, but she questions his belief that not all lives held equal value

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Hope Less

In Shalom Auslander’s new novel, the protagonist tries to wean himself of optimism while doing battle with the freeloader in his attic: Anne Frank

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Settling Down

In the documentary DevOUT, gay Jews struggle to reconcile their faith with their sexuality while raising families within the Orthodox world

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Disney’s World

Nearly 50 years after Walt Disney’s death, biographers and fans still debate if he was an anti-Semite. A better question might be why we still care.

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Wonderstruck

Known for Middle Eastern, African, and Hasidic motifs in her music, Basya Schechter adds a new note on her latest album—Yiddish poetry

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American Master

In a PBS documentary debuting this weekend, comedy guru Robert Weide examines the life and work of Woody Allen, film’s iconic nebbishy New York Jew

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Survey Says

S. An-sky created a survey—never completed—on shtetl life in the 1910s. Its 2,087 questions offer a fascinating window on the Pale of Settlement.

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Preoccupied

Brooklyn Rabbi Andy Bachman and Tablet’s Marc Tracy, both good liberals, can’t agree on the merits of the Occupy Wall Street movement

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Flesh and Blood

Max Brooks shares his father Mel’s sense of humor. But when it comes to thinking about zombie outbreaks and how to prevent them, he is dead serious.

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Father Figure

Shimon Peres, Israel’s president, has written a new Nextbook Press biography of David Ben-Gurion, its first prime minster and his mentor

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Huddled Masses

Talking to Statue of Liberty-bound tourists about Emma Lazarus, the poet whose sonnet is inscribed in its base

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Conservadox

Evonne Marzouk, the Orthodox co-founder of a Jewish environmental group, insists the Torah holds us responsible for the earth’s well-being

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Unforgiven

Yoshie Fruchter and his band, Pitom, delve into repentance on the new album Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes, a jazz-metal take on confession

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Paper Chase

Until the widow of Yiddish writer Chaim Grade died last year, his archive was kept locked away in their stuffed apartment. Now it’s up for grabs.

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On the Ground

Israelis are fixated on the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations. But Palestinians, inured to false hopes, are much less riled up.

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Mother’s Helper

Lucette Lagnado’s first memoir was dominated by her colorful father. In The Arrogant Years, she plumbs the heartbreaking life of her mother.

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In the Picture

Bruce Jay Friedman’s darkly comic novels, short stories, and screenplays place him among the past century’s best American writers. In his new memoir, Lucky Bruce, he reminisces about many of them.

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Agent Provocateur

French singer and icon Serge Gainsbourg—once reviled and now beloved—is the subject of Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, the first feature film from Joann Sfar, creator of the Rabbi’s Cat comic book

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After Shock

PTSD expert Yuval Neria talks about cutting-edge and time-worn approaches to healing in the aftermath of trauma

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Unhealthy Obsession

Hypochondria, long fodder for Jewish comedy, has real and debilitating costs for people suffering from it, their families and friends, and a healthcare system straining to treat them

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In Good Company

When memoirist Janice Erlbaum was 13, she was elated to attend the bar mitzvah of her secret heartthrob. But when she found herself hanging with the mean girls, things turned less celebratory.

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Family Jewels

For generations, Alicia Oltuski’s family has traded diamonds. In Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family, and a Way of Life, she examines her family’s history—and the diamond district’s.

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Jerusalem Post

The American Academy in Jerusalem will welcome its inaugural class of fellows this fall. The four artists—plus founder Elise Bernhardt, of the Foundation for Jewish Culture—talk about the program.

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Birth Right

A Jewish democratic state by definition must have a Jewish majority. Political scientist Rebecca Steinfeld studies how Israel has from its earliest days sought to establish and maintain that majority.

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Block Party

Zero Mostel, Emma Goldman, and George Gershwin all worked on the stretch of Manhattan’s West 28th Street once known as Tin Pan Alley. Now it’s Tablet Magazine’s home, too, so let’s explore the neighborhood.

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All Night Long: Preparing for Shavuot’s Study Sessions

We asked four people we admire—a novelist, a musician, a rabbi, and a theologian—what they’d like to read in the wee hours

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Into the Fire

In David Unger’s novel The Price of Escape, a refugee from Nazi Germany arrives in a Guatemalan port town only to find himself in a new kind of hell

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Slugger

In a new biography, Mark Kurlansky explores the life of baseball great—and Jewish hero—Hank Greenberg

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Walter and Edith

Some people love taking cruises. The retired couple in this short story, by Miami fiction writer Jeremy Glazer, enjoys watching them go by.