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Q&A: BHL

The Nouveau Philosophe on ‘The Genius of Judaism,’ the lessons of Jonah, the ‘human excellence’ of cities, and the futility of the fight against global anti-Semitism

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With ‘Sherlock’ and ‘The Young Pope,’ TV Has Its Trump Moment

When our heroes are all simpering children, is it any wonder our president is, too?

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The Genius of Judaism and Bernard-Henri Lévy

The morally minded French public intellectual applies 21st-century chutzpah to our radical age

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The Holocaust for Communists

The East German-Bulgarian Holocaust movie ‘Sterne,’ screening this weekend at the New York Jewish Film Festival, is one of a group of visceral films made in Communist countries by or with people who survived the war

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In Praise of Nat Hentoff

The influential ‘Voice’ critic died Saturday at age 91. His bohemian fearlessness became a popular culture.

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The Lives of Barney Rosset

The fearless head of the legendary Grove Press tells, well, not all in his ‘disorienting’ memoir, ‘My Life in Publishing and How I Fought Censorship’

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Want to Resist Trump? Banning Books Isn’t the Answer.

‘The New Yorker’ offers a master class in how not to respond to cheap alt-right provocations

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Cuba’s Jewish Unicorn

José Kozer, Jewish-Cuban poet of exile and language, still hopes to visualize God

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The Maharal of Prague and the Republic of Letters

Science and humanism—and Jews and Christians—collide in early modern Europe

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Let My People Go

This week on Unorthodox, biblical scholar Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg offers a new look at Moses, and linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter breaks down ‘safe spaces’

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Vulture in a Cage

New translations of the Hebrew Golden Age poetry of Solomon Ibn Gabirol reveal a man for our time

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On Venus, Have We Got a Rabbi!

A long-lost space age satire about what it means to be a Jew from one of science fiction’s greatest humorists

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The Jewish Jesus Story

In the mysterious and controversial ancient Hebrew text ‘Toledot Yeshu,’ a counterlife of the Nazarene ‘bastard, son of a menstruant’ that criticizes Jews as much as Christians

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Sabbatai Sevi’s Conversion to Islam

A 17th-century ‘holy apostasy’: like Christ’s crucifixion, the fulfillment of a messianic prophecy?

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Specters of the Skyline

Peering into, and through, the ghostly new Brooklyn

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Merry Christmas, Donald Trump

TO: America  FROM: The Jews

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Sarmad the Magnificently Naked 17th-Century Jewish Mystic

Jewish engagement with non-Western faiths is much older than any recent ‘JuBu’ fad

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Need Empathy? Play This Game.

‘The Last Guardian,’ a new video game, is a masterly meditation on learning to care for, and communicate with, others

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Ferris Bueller and the Chamber of Secrets

This week on Unorthodox, Jason Diamond’s memoir about John Hughes, and the divinity school graduates analyzing Harry Potter as though it were a sacred text

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The Lace and the Grace

Remembering Leonard Cohen

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In Defense of Philip Roth

Reconsidering the American Jewish icon as a modern master, not a stereotype

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Hebrew’s Nobel Prize

On the 50th anniversary of S.Y. Agnon’s acceptance speech

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Between Two Worlds, Belonging to Neither

New editions of the enduring scholarly work of Philipp Jaffé, the Polish Jew who was a groundbreaking German medievalist

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Idolizing Moses

An excerpt from Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s new biography of the looming figure of Jewish culture

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Chareau’s Ghostly Interiors at the Jewish Museum

A superb exhibit of works by the French designer and architect shows the promise and peril of 20th-century Modernism

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Views From the 6

Live from Toronto’s Beth Tzedec Congregation, Unorthodox talks to novelist David Bezmozgis and opera singer Julie Nesrallah

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John Hughes for the Holidays

Jason Diamond’s wry memoir of 1980s Chicago (and 2010s Brooklyn) finds life landmarks in the awkward, lonely malcontents of The Breakfast Club and Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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The Election and the Over-Soul

Mystic emanations, and a path forward, in democracy’s wake

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Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims’ American Jewish Holiday

How the biblical narrative of Exodus helped shape the founders’ idea of a secular nation with liberty for all

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Michael Chabon’s Apollo Mission to the Past

The new Moonglow is a novel in the form of a memoir, a superhero comic in the form of prose, and a paean to the fading Greatest Generation

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