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Paying Tribute to Economist Milton Friedman on Social Media

This Friday is #FriedmanFriday. It’s also Black Friday. Think about it.


Luminaries Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom at The White House

Barbra Streisand, Stephen Sondheim, Steven Spielberg, and Itzhak Perlman were among the 17 recipients of the highest civilian honor.


Talking Turkey, With Mahmoud Abbas

This holiday season, let us give thanks to ‘the angel of peace’


Saying ‘Shehechiyanu’ on Thanksgiving

This holiday, read I Say Shehechiyanu, a new children’s picture book that can help your family tolerate the inevitable mishegas


Snitch Calls Cops on Floridian Grandmas for Gambling on Mahjong

A ‘troublemaker’ in building 11 took issue with the penny-stakes games taking place in the clubhouse at the Altamonte Springs condominiums


Meet the Austrian Shepherd Who Sings Yiddish as he Drives Refugees to Safety

Said Hans Breuer, ‘There is too much similarity between these two situations–one 70 years ago, and one now.’

News & Politics

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The Failure of Intelligent Explanations

France grapples with the aftermath of attacks that are no longer ‘just against Jews’


The Left’s Ideas Deficit Strengthens Islamists

ISIS offers its recruits a vision of wild and violent abandon. To eradicate it, we need not only better guns but also better ideas.


In an Age of Terror, How Thinking Right Can Save the Left

What’s needed is more tribalism, not less


Girlhood, Interrupted

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?


Special Treatment for Mideast Christians Is Un-American, and Dumb

Why Jeb Bush, and also Barack Obama, are wrong about refugees


The Middle East Has Fractured. Is Europe Next? A Tablet Roundtable Discussion.

Elliott Abrams, Paul Berman, Robert Blecher, Hanin Ghaddar, Edward Luttwak, Lee Smith, Nathan Thrall, and Robert F. Worth on Syria and Iran, Hezbollah and the Islamic State, France and Russia, Obama and Netanyahu, Jihad and Cold War, and the future of the West

Arts & Culture

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The Loneliest Man I Ever Met

The legendary songwriter, novelist, and Texas phenom is touring on his first new album in three decades, but Kinky Friedman will still sign anything except bad legislation


‘The Great Gatsby,’ Set in London, Starring a Jewish Oligarch

It’s an accomplished retelling of an American classic, but Vesna Goldsworthy’s new novel ‘Gorsky’ is missing one key character


A Manual for Living With Defeat

Israeli novelist Orly Castel-Bloom’s latest book, her best yet, is a darkly funny tale of coming to terms with despair


Three Roads From Nuremberg

Seventy years to the day after the start of the epoch-defining trials, three Jewish advocates stand above the rest: Jacob Robinson, Sir Hersch Lauterpacht, and Raphael Lemkin


‘Ben Hur,’ but Bigger and Better

Hungarian writer György Spiró’s newly translated novel ‘Captivity’ powerfully sets the perils of modern Jewry in Early Christian Rome


The Death of Glucksmann

Remembering the French intellectual, a man of influential ideas

Life & Religion

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A Very Unorthodox Thanksgiving

This week, we turn the mic around, calling listeners and reading their letters—the good, the bad, and the ugly


Thanksgiving Dinner, With a Side of Cholent

Masbia, New York City’s only kosher soup kitchen, puts an Orthodox spin on a secular holiday


My Mother’s Love Affair—With Dudu Fisher

The cantor-turned-Broadway-singer’s music comforted her through the illness of her final years. And now his songs comfort me by reminding me of her.


The Disappeared Yemenite Babies

Scholars and bureaucrats scoff at the idea that Yemenite Jewish babies were once kidnapped for adoption. But the theory won’t die.


Seoul Food in the Holy Land

When Ziporah Rothkopf left Korea, she changed her name, religion, and way of life. But she took her palate with her.


The Birds and the Bees

This week on Unorthodox, sex counselor Bat Sheva Marcus and Slate advice columnist Mallory Ortberg