This week, we turn the mic around, calling listeners and reading their letters—the good, the bad, and the ugly
Cynthia Kaplan Shamash fled Iraq 40-odd years ago, when she was just a kid. Her flight foreshadowed that of young refugees fleeing Syria now. Where did she land? Where will they?
This week on Unorthodox, sex counselor Bat Sheva Marcus and Slate advice columnist Mallory Ortberg
Mimi Stillman’s new album features works inspired by upheaval in Europe and the Middle East
Marcel Proust went from dilettante to literary legend. Biographer Benjamin Taylor explains how.
Israel Story is back! In this episode, we meet an Eritrean seeking refuge in Israel and an Israeli seeking purpose in Kenya.
For years, scholars dismissed the Arabic on text fragments from Cairo’s genizah as unimportant scribbling. Then along came Marina Rustow, bona fide ‘genius.’
Peggy Guggenheim: the bon vivant and tell-all memoirist who defied her family, took a thousand lovers, and forever changed the art world
Rita Gabis knew only that her mother’s Catholic family came from Lithuania after the Holocaust. Then she started asking hard questions.
What does a rabbi do in late August when he no longer needs to prep for High Holidays?
Looking for a good book to sink into at the beach in these waning dog days? Friends share what they’ve loved lately.
Vox Tablet is delighted to share the inaugural episode of Tablet’s newest podcast, Unorthodox
Historian Lisa Leff tracks the perplexing journey of a 20th century collector, scholar, survivor, and thief
Biographer Steven Gimbel Talks Us Through the Physicist’s Views on Religion, Israel, and (Yikes) His Theory of Relativity
After a burst blood vessel nearly killed her, Jessica Fechtor discovers the restorative power of baking—and receiving—a cake
Vox Tablet launches a revue of our favorite episodes from the past decade with this gem of a story from Janice Erlbaum
Sociologist Pierre Birnbaum says it’s time Léon Blum—French Socialist, Zionist, wartime hero, and prime minister—got his due
On a new album, Italian singer Shulamit offers modern interpretations of haunting songs left by women in the Holocaust
Victor Rodack dreamed of visiting Israel. In 1967, he found an unusual way to make his dream a reality.
Historian Jonathan Sarna discusses the Great Emancipator’s ties to a chiropodist, military men, and other Jews
Stories for Passover about slavery, freedom, family… and lice
In a new biography, Annie Cohen-Solal looks at the immigrant child who changed modern art
The Book of Esther doesn’t mention God. Robert Alter’s new translation shows that’s just one way the biblical text is unique.
Matthew Fishbane accompanied a group of would-be Jews as they made aliyah from rural India, led by an unlikely activist
Everything about the immigrant peddler that you never thought to ask
In a new memoir, the controversial ‘New York Times’ columnist connects dots between dislocation and his mother’s depression
The cartoonist’s grahic memoir made many Top Ten lists this year. Here’s what she had to say about it.
Washington-area Sephardic Jews share traditional foods and converse in the disappearing language of their ancestors
Tablet friends and family help us puzzle out Hanukkah’s origin story—and explain why we don’t celebrate a ninth day of oil