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‘Call Me By Your Name’ Is Jewish

Today on Jewcy: Another side to the upcoming queer romance film.

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Javad Zarif’s Charm Offensive

In person and in print, Iran’s foreign minister does his best to wash away the crimes of the regime he represents

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Choosing to be Jewish—and How

Being supportive of my fiancé’s conversion means letting him decide the role he wants Judaism to play in his life

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New Hungarian Film Explores Guilt of Those Who Looted the Property of Deported Jews

In ‘1945,’ parsing the complacency of those who benefited from the Holocaust

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Sid and Marty Krofft: Not Stoned, Not Jewish, But Great and Back With ‘Sigmund’ Reboot

Welcome back, psychedelic Shabbat morning TV of my youth!

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Far-Right Strengthened in Austria After Sunday’s Election

Making sense of Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s new Chancellor

News & Politics

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Facebook, Google, and Amazon Aren’t Consumer Choices. They are Monopolies That Endanger American Democracy.

Can users of what is essentially privatized social infrastructure really log off?

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The British Labour Party’s ‘Kosher Stamp’ for Anti-Semitism

The confounding political problem of ‘Jewish Voice for Labour,’ anti-Zionism, and left-wing anti-Semitism

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Rooting for the Yankees May Be Good for Your Soul. No, Really.

I used to loathe the Bronx Bombers, until a religious epiphany taught me something about baseball, politics, and the perils of tribalism

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Bibi Netanyahu’s Nightmare Speaks

Meni Naftali worked security for the Israeli prime minister and his wife Sara, and now wants the world to know what they are really like

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Croatia Is Brazenly Attempting to Rewrite its Holocaust Crimes Out of History

An alarming and expanding wave of revisionism in Eastern Europe

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John V. Lindsay Builds a Sukkah

How a liberal mayor learned to embrace Jews’ international and cultural concerns to court their vote, and changed New York City politics

Arts & Culture

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Jewish Heroes and Nazi Monsters

Torah scribe, New Deal propagandist, unrelenting anti-Nazi: the many lives of ferocious cartoonist and illustrator Arthur Szyk at a jewel of a show at the New-York Historical Society

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Why Yiddish is Funny

As demonstrated by the ‘Jewish Don Quixote,’ by S.Y. Abramovitsh, aka Mendele the Book Peddler

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A Wannabe-Hardboiled-Jew Reads Raymond Chandler’s ‘The Long Goodbye’

Bookworm: Was the tough guy America’s greatest act?

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Caught With My Khalemoyed in My Hand

Rokhl’s Golden City: In the off-days of Sukkot: not going to shul, going out with observant friends to hear an all-female klezmer band, and visiting Eichmann at a museum

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The Stamp Collector

A philatelist passes on his little square markers of love and loss to his daughter

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Nicole Krauss’ Dark Forest, aka the Tel Aviv Hilton

Bookworm: Entering the multiverse of alternate selves, a dissociative nightmare, to find a way in the woods

Life & Religion

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The Converso Comeback

Hispanic crypto-Jews use social media and DNA testing to reconnect with their heritage

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Rebellious Elders

Daf Yomi: Why heresy is rare in Talmudic law, where judicial dissent and tiered courts institutionalized freedom of thought

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From Radiohead to Klezmer

My winding journey through music mirrored my journey of Jewish discovery

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If You Build It, They Will Come—to Synagogue

The Ark Builders, a group of volunteer woodworkers, have transformed the way their congregation worships

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Rolling Up a Different Kind of Strudel

This humble pastry is the perfect dish for Simchat Torah. And it’ll cure your hangover, too.

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Are Jews Exempt from Capital Punishment?

Talmudic rabbis’ lenient interpretation of Biblical laws made the death penalty difficult to impose, even in cases where murder was clearly the intent