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Close Encounter

Rodger Kamenetz’s new book connects Rabbi Nachman, Franz Kafka, a turkey, and a cockroach

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Grandmother’s House

Her family’s Holocaust-haunted past informs the new album from singer-songwriter Clare Burson

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Up With Pessimism!

David Rakoff makes the case for an un-American approach to living

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Most Favored Nations

For Jews and for Americans, what does it mean to be a chosen people?

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Back in the USSR

Gal Beckerman recalls the Struggle for Soviet Jewry, which reinvigorated a tradition of Jewish political engagement

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2,000-Year-Old Man

Reconsidering Hillel, the legendary rabbi whose distillation of Judaism’s core teachings still applies

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Gimme Shelter

A design competition invites new takes on the sukkah

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In the Rearview

Novelist Darin Strauss talks about living with, and atoning for, a terrible car accident

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Visiting the Dead

A visit to New York’s Mount Carmel Cemetery highlights how far American Jews have drifted from their immigrant ancestors, geographically and ritually

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Kosher Pigskin

As football season starts, discussing backup Vikings quarterback Sage Rosenfels and other Jews in the NFL

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Musical Society

Studying the emergence of a Jewish national music in Imperial Russia

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Leap of Faith

The neo-Nazi-hunter who solved the D.B. Cooper hijacking case

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Some People

In a spoken excerpt from her new memoir, Rachel Shukert recounts the final days of a European romance

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Collective Memory

Toby Perl Freilich’s forthcoming documentary examines the 100-year history of the kibbutz

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End of the World

Novelists Gary Shteyngart and Joshua Cohen discuss their dark visions of the future

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The Players

David P. Goldman discusses the secrets to Israel’s prominence in classical music

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Back to Babylon

Jewlia Eisenberg and her band channel the fears and desires of ancient Jewish women

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Ashkenaz Unbound

An online encyclopedia brings the world of Eastern European Jewry to life

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Power Chords

Yiddish Princess takes rock and roll (and Yiddish) to a whole new level

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Men of Mystery

One the eve of the release of his 11th book, spy novelist Alan Furst reflects on his sources of inspiration and his cerebral and wordly—if not always Jewish—protagonists

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Body Image

An art historian tackles the thorny matter of Jews and figurative painting

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No Debate

Paul Berman challenges liberal intellectuals to take a stand against Tariq Ramadan

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Light and Sweet

Shavuot provides the perfect excuse for a cheesecake pilgrimage

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Song Cycle

The many lives of ‘Jerusalem of Gold,’ an Israeli anthem

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Showtime

Frank Schiffman made the Apollo Theater into the premier venue for African American musicians

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Arguable

In a new memoir, Mark Oppenheimer recounts how competitive debate saved his youth

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Survival Instinct

In Assaf Gavron’s new novel, an apathetic Israeli and an introspective Palestinian are on a collision course

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Animal Planet

Yann Martel’s new novel features a donkey, a monkey, taxidermy, and a Holocaust allegory

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Art Market

Graphic novelist James Sturm turns his attention to a struggling Eastern European rug maker

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Ask, Don’t Tell

A father’s reflections on teaching his son the Four Questions

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