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Faigy Mayer’s struggle in her own words

From the confines of Skverer Hasidism to Columbia University and fashion eyewear shops, the singer and Internet sensation isn’t slowing down soon

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Israel’s Best Diplomat Offers Hope to the Entire Middle East

George Deek is an Arab in a Jewish state and Christian in a predominantly Muslim Arab world—and he recognizes that his multilayered identity is an asset

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What Information Collected by Israeli Intelligence Reveals About the Iran Talks

Over the years of negotiation, concession after concession from the West

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Hillary Clinton Makes the Most Important Decision of Her Presidency

She can save the Iran deal or she can sink it. Her choice may determine the fate of two administrations—Obama’s, and her own.

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Omri Casspi, Fellow NBA Players Are ‘Rockstars’ in Israel

Despite rumblings of political intentions, the Sacramento Kings forward says his trip is about fun, family, and hummus

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Jerusalem’s Chief Rabbi Visits Victim of Gay Pride Parade Stabbing

‘The person that committed this sinful act is a criminal in every way, and his intention to kill Jews is something which is terrifying’

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Palestinian Infant Killed in West Bank Arson Attack; Israeli Settlers Suspected

Netanyahu condemns ‘act of terrorism’ that also badly burned both parents and their 4-year-old boy

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Six Stabbed at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade

Suspect is a Haredi man who was recently released from prison for committing a similar crime 10 years ago

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Online Dating for Jews of Color: A Love Story

Internet, Internet, make me a match, find me a find, catch me a catch

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What Information Collected by Israeli Intelligence Reveals About the Iran Talks

Over the years of negotiation, concession after concession from the West

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Israel’s Best Diplomat Offers Hope to the Entire Middle East

George Deek is an Arab in a Jewish state and Christian in a predominantly Muslim Arab world—and he recognizes that his multilayered identity is an asset

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A Guide for the Perplexed: The Iran Nuclear Agreement

Will the deal hold the Islamic Republic in check? The former under secretary of state explains and defends the most complex and important treaty this century.

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Hillary Clinton Makes the Most Important Decision of Her Presidency

She can save the Iran deal or she can sink it. Her choice may determine the fate of two administrations—Obama’s, and her own.

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Iran Is Nazi Germany. Or the Soviet Union. Or Neither?

The argument over the nuclear deal pits Israel’s paranoid essentialism against Obama’s reformist belief in the possibility of change

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The Most Dangerous Man in Iran

Tehran University political scientist Sadegh Zibakalam dares to publicly oppose his regime’s foreign policy

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Wet Hot American Jewish Summer Camp

Unlike a lot of classic teen comedies, the original ‘Wet Hot’ and its new Netflix revival series do not wash out the Jews. Is this a good sign or bad?

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Nadav Lapid’s Genius Sees Israeli-ness as an Existential Disease

The internationally acclaimed filmmaker’s new ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ takes Jewish insularity to terrific extremes

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What Made Alex Katz So Brand New & Terrific?

The painter’s early 1950s work is the subject of an exceptional, worth-the-detour new show in Maine

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Doctorow and Poe

A tale of two Edgars, and the predestination of names

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The Smallest Woman in the World

A tale of love and vanity by the great 20th-century Brazilian writer, from the forthcoming ‘Complete Stories’

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Dancing on Tisha B’Av

Brenda’s brother is in love with another man. What will his minyan think?

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In the Best Bar in the Middle East and Africa, Zionism Is Alive in a Highball

A night at the Imperial Craft, Tel Aviv’s coolest bar

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When Shabbes Is the Longest Day

If I wanted my daughter to learn to love the Sabbath, I had to bend my own rules just a little

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For the Love of Pickles

In the heat of summer, nothing is as refreshing as a cold pickle. Just ask my kids.

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Do Torah Scholars Have the Right Not To Be Drafted by the Government?

In rabbinic Judaism, learning replaces noble birth as a source of power and status—including the power to avoid state responsibility

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How Summer Camps Should—and Shouldn’t—Observe Tisha B’Av

Stop setting things on fire and traumatizing campers. There are better and more meaningful ways to mark the holiday.

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The Talmud as a Jewish ‘Canterbury Tales’ of Earthy, Ribald Moral Inquiry

Along with other questions of mind and body, this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ is also a field guide to Talmudic-era cuisine