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Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland

The Jewish Museum hosts Charlemagne Palestine’s cuddly, mystical, delightful installation art

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Is Evidence from a War-Crimes Tribunal Art?

A confusing and challenging show of Henryk Ross’s Lodz Ghetto images opens this weekend at the MFA Boston

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Glasnost Ceiling

Episode 83: Novelist Sana Krasikov and political strategist Patrick Ruffini

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Yakov Smirnoff Brings Reagan-Era Optimism to the Age of Trump

Investigation reveals the hardest working post-Soviet comic has clear ties to Russia and direct connection to a president. America, what a country.

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A Graphic Account of a Soviet Daughter

Julia Alekseyeva’s moving tale of her great-grandmother, a Russian refugee, and the perils and promises of idealism

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The History of a Karaite Rabbi in Eastern Europe

The story of Simhah Isaac Lutski helps explain how Karaite Jews retained their communal and doctrinal coherence amid other competing, more ‘European’ forms of Judaism

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Was Nazi Germany Made in America?

A new history argues convincingly that institutionalized racism and common-law pragmatism in the United States inspired Hitler’s policies

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Daniel Deronda, Conservative Jewish Hero

In an essential new online course, Ruth Wisse gives George Eliot’s hero a timely and insightful reading

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Land’s End

Episode 82: Israeli filmmaker Shimon Dotan discusses his latest documentary, The Settlers 

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Camille Paglia on Jews and Feminism

A dialogue with Adam Kirsch, about her new collection ‘Free Women, Free Men’

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Eli Broad’s Selfie-Dome

From Tablet’s print magazine: Los Angeles gets a contemporary art museum in the gleaming user-friendly vein of an Apple Store

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Bibliomancy, and the Sacred Lottery of the Vilna Gaon

How the technique of chancing upon a passage in a Torah scroll or printed Pentateuch came to be a staple of fortune tellers

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‘Get Out’ Is Terrifying and—for American Jews, in Particular—Essential

The real monster in Jordan Peele’s brilliant horror film is the toxic strain of liberalism that makes blacks—and Jews—invisible

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All Aboard

Episode 81: Off the Rails filmmaker Adam Irving and Macy Halford, author of My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir

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Thanksgiving in Mongolia Revisited

A miscarriage—and other fateful devastations—in Ariel Levy’s ‘hard-hitting’ new memoir, ‘The Rules Do Not Apply’

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Orthodox Israeli Feminists Meet Our American Cousins

A memoir of two currents of Modern Orthodox feminism in Blu Greenberg and Tamar Ross, with degrees of activism and tolerance at the heart of the difference

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Billy Joel, the Donald Trump of Pop Music

To stave off our spiritual crisis, let’s begin by rejecting pop’s ultimate con man

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Adulting With Jami Attenberg

A Brooklyn woman learns to ‘handle her shit’ in the new novel, ‘All Grown Up’

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The Settlers Movie

Shimon Dotan’s ‘strongly articulated’ political documentary focuses on the fanatics on the front lines of the battle over the land of Israel

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Stand-Up Lit From Israeli Fiction’s Mr. Sobriety

David Grossman’s protagonist takes the mic for some Rothian self-loathing, in the ‘raucous’ new novel ‘A Horse Walks Into a Bar’

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And the Oscar Goes To…

Episode 79: The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg predicts the Academy Award winners, and cookbook author Molly Yeh preps for Purim with sprinkle-filled hamantaschen

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Israeli Immigration Thriller Becomes Global Sensation

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s suspenseful new ‘Waking Lions’ turns the fateful collision of an Israeli doctor and an African immigrant into an indictment of surging nationalism

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The Five Books of Donald: A Jewish Reading List to Beat Your Trump Anxiety

Tired of ominous news updates and social media outrage? Here are classic Jewish texts to help revive the spirit and soothe the soul

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4 3 2 1: A Novel by Paul Auster

From Tablet’s print magazine: the late 1960s and all their Jewish rebelliousness, in an ‘energetic’ new fiction full of alternate realities

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American Noir for the Age of Trump

Darkness! Angst! Paranoia! In the terrified films of the 1940s and ’50s, written and directed by Jewish refugees, hidden dangers lurk where hell is no longer a fantasy, where what’s false is true, and what’s wrong is even wronger.

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In Florida We Trust

Episode 78: Miami Jewish Film Festival director Igor Shteyrenberg and Rocco’s Tacos restaurateur Rocco Mangel, recorded live in West Palm Beach

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Norman Podhoretz’s Valentine to Himself

How the ‘Commentary’ magazine editor came to write his influential memoir, now being reissued for its 50th anniversary

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Here’s Looking at You, Kid

As the Hollywood studio classic turns 75, a ‘delightful’ new history, ‘We’ll Always Have Casablanca,’ tells all about how a bunch of Jewish refugees made a great movie about Jewish refugees escaping the Nazis

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How the Epstein Twins Drove Jack Warner Nuts

The Hollywood screenwriting duo behind ‘Casablanca’ and ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ playfully battled the studio boss over McCarthyism, unions, and Jews

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