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Remembering Rabbi Aaron Kotler and the Yeshiva of Kletzk

Kotler, who established an important yeshiva in Lakewood, New Jersey in 1943, strived to educate and look after students. ‘Let Torah flourish in America, he challenged.’

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Aly Raisman’s Inspiring Comments About Keeping a Positive Body Image

Said the Olympic gold medalist: ‘Don’t ever let anyone tell you how you should or shouldn’t look’

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‘America Has Always Been at Its Greatest When We Have Welcomed Refugees’

A response to a Tablet article that cites an ADL study asserting that a majority of people in the Middle East harbor anti-Semitic views

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Golden Bibi Effigy Pops Up in Rabin Square, Only To Be Torn Down

An Israeli guerrilla artist wowed Tel Avivians by erecting a golden statue of Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, leading Israel’s left and right into public disagreement

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American-Israeli Academic Collaboration Soars Despite Israel Boycott Efforts on Campus

A new study offers a reminder that radical anti-Israel advocates on campus are not nearly as influential as they are loud

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The ‘SufganiKing’ Is Burger King’s Meaty, Sugary, Deep-Fried Monstrosity

Burger King Israel gets festive with its hamburger-donut sandwich, for adventurous folks who enjoy a bit of sweetness with their pain and suffering. And we’re kinda diggin’ it.

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Will Trump and Netanyahu Make the America-Israel Relationship Great Again?

PEOTUS is stacking his cabinet with friends of the Jewish State, but the geopolitical realities of Iran, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and ISIS may complicate his Middle East policy, whatever it turns out to be

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Latino Jews Respond to Trump

Feelings of unease, and tiny pockets of satisfaction, around the results of the 2016 presidential election

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Do Jews Defend Their Values by Helping Anti-Semites Immigrate to America?

The ADL says most people in the Middle East harbor anti-Semitic views. But American Jews are largely in favor of offering safe haven to them.

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The View From Tel Aviv

Israeli leftists are no strangers to sudden electoral defeats. Is there anything American liberals can learn from them?

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Cuban Solidarity and the Death of the Tyrant

How Fidel Castro’s libertarian exiles found unlikely allies through the Yiddish press

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The Alt-Right’s Jewish Godfather

How Paul Gottfried—willing or reluctant—became the mentor of Richard Spencer and a philosophical lodestone for white nationalists

Arts & Culture

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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

Life & Religion

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A Cut Above

This week on Unorthodox, NPR Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington and the butcher committed to ethical kosher meat

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Seven Jewish Heroines Disney Should Make a Movie About

Isn’t it time for some Jewish girls to take their place in the wide world of cartoon princesses?

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Into the Woods

This week on Unorthodox, a Hudson Valley rabbi brings his congregation outdoors

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My Chevruta

Forty years of learning with a partner, and friend, by land or by Skype

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Not in Heaven

Man’s authority to interpret the Torah in a ‘postmagical age’ is the subject of this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ rabbinical debate

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The Days of Early Minyans

Every fall and winter, as sundown comes earlier, the nature of ‘mincha’—when Jews gather to say the afternoon prayers—changes