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The Catholic Priest Who Became an Orthodox Jew

Before modern conversion was widespread, Abraham Carmel, a former Anglican turned Catholic, dove into Judaism with a desire to teach its tenets, a disdain for liberalism, and a willingness to criticize the leadership that resisted his entry into the faith

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The Industrial Removal Office

Letters to and from the early-20th-century immigration service that sent thousands of Jews to America’s heartland

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Cannes Diary, Episode 2: Harvey Weinstein Is Gone. Lars von Trier Returns. Kurdish Women Fight Alongside Han Solo.

Israeli offerings at the celebrated film festival are lackluster, and even the oligarchs seem cowed in a glamour industry facing its reckoning

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The German Students and the Murdered Language

The writer Henry Roth’s English was sometimes difficult. A school examination in Germany asked young people to understand it—and the lost shades of the Yiddish that preceded it.

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Fake News From Cannes

Sergei Loznitsa’s dark, formalist ‘Donbass,’ set in the occupied eastern region of Ukraine, is a harrowing and sophisticated fictionalized account of the reach of Putin’s Russia

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There Is No ‘T’ in Bochco

The late television producer famed for ‘Hill Street Blues’ and ‘L.A. Law’ was more than just a great storyteller

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Roberto Saviano, Author of ‘Gomorrah,’ Takes on Internet Nazis

Tired of internet conspiracy theories and vile anti-Semitism, the journalist turns his attention from Italy’s mafia to its white supremacists

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Jake Tapper’s Spy Novel Is Startlingly Good

Bookworm: The Washington hand’s debut thriller ‘The Hellfire Club’ delivers

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Jewish, Ugly, Weird, Oversexed, Gross

Aline Kominsky-Crumb is the Jewish woman’s Philip Roth. Her reissued and updated collection, ‘Love That Bunch,’ is a satisfying epic of modern feminism.

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A Family History of Mer-Kup, a Modernist Hub in Mexico City

How my great-grandmother, a Polish immigrant to Mexico, became a champion of artists like Mathias Goeritz, Sebastián, and José Luis Cuevas

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Return to Sender

Yossi Klein Halevi’s ‘Letters to a Palestinian Neighbor’ may not reach its intended audience, but it may well have another closer to home

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Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins’ ‘Dybbuk’ Returns

It’s the opposite of ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’ New York City Ballet’s new production opens this week.

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Chaim Soutine, Modernist Master of Flesh, at the Jewish Museum

The superb show of 32 paintings, opening this week, highlights the painter’s fascination with the dreadful spectacle of death, and the splendor of his artistry

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Lou Reed, Poet

The new volume ‘Do Angels Need Haircuts?’ brings to life a historic 1971 poetry reading, recorded and recently rediscovered in the late musician’s archives

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A Yiddish ‘King Lear’ for the Ages, on an Empty Stomach

Rokhl’s Golden City: A superb new production of Jacob Gordin’s Shakespeare adaptation, a dive into the Yiddish folksong archives of proto-ethnomusicologist Ruth Rubin, and a first farewell drag act

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Red Army Veterans

May Day: Portraits of the Jewish soldiers who fought in World War II under the flag of Communism

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‘Awakening,’ a Short Story by Isaac Babel

A new English translation for May Day

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The 1968 Forced Exodus of Polish Jewry on Film

May Day: How Polish filmakers documented and interpreted the ‘March Emigration,’ an ‘anti-Zionist’ purge in communist Warsaw 50 years ago

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A Beast of Unknown Origins

May Day: The surprising Jewish origins of the animated character who taught a generation of Soviet children to be good communists

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New Documents Reveal FDR’s Eugenic Project to ‘Resettle’ Jews During World War II

As the Holocaust raged, the American president secretly asked his government to study the possible resettlement of remaining European refugees in Africa and South America. His goal: for Jews to be ‘spread thin all over the world.’

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The History and Future of Holocaust Research

How newly opened archives, a wider European scope, transnational narratives, and integrated big data are changing our understanding of the Shoah

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Martin Luther and Me

How a Jewish journalist came to spend years writing a book about the Protestant Reformation

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My Favorite Anti-Semite: Gregor von Rezzori

Twenty years after his death, why the German-language writer and memoirist yearned for an era he never knew

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Dude, Spicoli Wrote a Novel

Bookworm: On his own time and not on Mr. Hand’s time, Sean Penn composed ‘Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff,’ but what for?

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Jewish Contraptions

National Poetry Month: A poetical Bay Area exhibit brings together California Jewish artists who make wonky machines, ‘anxious objects,’ and other kinetic commentaries on the ‘labor-saving devices’ of our current entanglement

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Gangsters for Zion

Yom Ha’atzmaut: How Jewish mobsters helped Israel gain its independence

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Indonesians Hate the Chinese, Because They Are Jewish

How Dutch colonial officials used anti-Semitism to fuel anti-Chinese hate

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My Jewish Encounter With Hinduism

How I came to an intellectual and spiritual connection with Swami Chidananda Saraswati

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Shaq Hears America Singing

National Poetry Month: ‘Poetry in America,’ an ‘infectious’ new series from PBS, shows how verse isn’t merely the art of words

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Angels in America

Tony Kushner’s masterpiece of 1980s cruelty returns to Broadway just as the next wave of illiberalism washes over Trump’s new order

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