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Debunking UNESCO’s Dangerous Anti-Semitic Myth That Israel is Trying to Destroy the Al Aqsa Mosque

The U.N. body has been criticized for omitting Jewish ties to the Temple Mount in a resolution. But it’s what the resolution did affirm that is far more troubling.


The Chosen Ones: An Interview With Paige Dylan

The screenwriter and unlikely Dylan relative talks about wanting to convert to Judaism, her favorite Jewish holiday, and why she hates social media


Mondoweiss Launches Anti-Semitic Attack on New Editor-in-Chief of ‘The Atlantic’

‘The word Jew made no appearance in the Atlantic announcement’ of Jeffrey Goldberg’s appointment, the self-styled ‘anti-Zionist’ website complained


Root, Root, Root for the Dodgers

Los Angeles outfielder Joc Pederson is ready to make his mark in Jewish baseball history as the Dodgers try to secure their first pennant since 1988


After Selling Out at Comic Con, ‘Golden Girls’ Action Figures Are a Red Hot Item on eBay

Want miniature figurines of Rose, Dorothy, Blanche, and Sophia? It’ll cost you.


Phil Chess, Co-Founder of Legendary Blues Record Company, Dies at 95

A Jewish immigrant from Poland, Phil and his brother Leonard began Chess Records in Chicago, popularizing artists like Etta James, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, and Chuck Berry

News & Politics

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Why Bibi Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize

Unless we change the award’s silly criteria, there’s a good case to be made for the Israeli prime minister’s significant contribution to regional stability


What Will Become of Jared Kushner?

Pondering the future of Donald Trump’s son-in-law and surrogate


Hezbollah’s Women Aren’t Happy

As their sons and ‘temporary husbands’ are ripped from them to fight a proxy war in Syria, grieving mothers and brides are compensated with only a promise of spiritual redemption from Sayyeda Zaynab, a granddaughter of the Prophet


Edward Snowden: Very Little Brother

Fear the digitally-skillful bullies who happen to disagree with you. They represent the tyranny of the weak.


One Last Interview

Three weeks ago, Shimon Peres sat for what he intended to be a Rosh Hashanah-timed discussion about the state of the world. It was also his final one.


The Great Male Hope

The presidential debate pitted an outdated, ‘tough-guy’ version of masculinity against the modern era, which is upon us anyway

Arts & Culture

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Philip Roth Fails Yet Another Screen Test

Not even Ewan McGregor can turn the author’s narcissism into a relatable work of art in his adaptation of ‘American Pastoral’


The Book That Obama Won’t Read, But Hillary Clinton Should

Sixty years after the Suez Crisis, two new histories of the Egypt-Israel conflict try to garner lessons on the Mideast and American power in a changing world


The 12 Covenants of Pinchas Hurwitz

How an 18th-century Eastern European kabbalist Jew produced one of the first Hebrew bestsellers


Guilt Trip

This week on Unorthodox, Yiddish maven Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath and ‘Bad German’ Tessa Kim


Letters of Love and Rebuke From Rav Yitzchok Hutner

To truly know a rabbinical scholar, read his correspondence


Oh, Jerusalem

The Met’s new exhibit reimagines the holy city as a pleasant pile of objects, conveniently free of people and their delusions

Life & Religion

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Jack of All Trades

This week on Unorthodox, ‘Alexa’ editor David Kaufman and Jack Daniels’ in-house historian Nelson Eddy


Chanting My Way Up the Family Tree

How learning to ‘leyn’ Torah helped me connect with long-lost ancestors


Jerusalem’s Top Hotels Think Big as Sukkot Approaches

Forget the little hut in the backyard. These grand sukkahs combine luxury and design with halachic detail.


The Year I Skipped Yom Kippur Services

After my best friend died of complications from HIV, I avoided synagogue and found sanctuary in my mother’s house instead. And that’s where I found a space to atone, and a path to move forward.


I Swear

A simple dispute over ownership leads the Talmudic sages into a debate, in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ about the value of a spiritual oath versus secular claims of honesty


Forgiveness Is Not a Gift You Give Yourself

The High Holidays are a time for apologizing. But when it comes to getting forgiveness in return, that’s up to the people you’ve wronged.