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All is not as it was for Jews in America

‘I performed Jewish. I lived Jewish. And nobody owns the right to tell me if I am Jewish or not.’

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Jews and Tattoos: A New York Story

The legacy of the ink industry’s founding fathers is alive and well

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The Life and Death of Steven Sotloff, Part 1

How a freelancer’s Heaven turned into Hell: Inspired by a blend of bravery, wanderlust, and humanism, a budding journalist ventured—without the kind of institutional structure and support that would have been common a decade ago—into an inflamed Middle East.

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Black America Is Under Terror and I Want To Be Part of the Solution

‘Being Jewish in America, for so many privileged Jews—it is from a perch’

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Israeli Tightens Security at Borders After Attacks at Egyptian Checkpoints

ISIS affiliate claims responsibility; Netanyahu vows to fight Islamist terror ‘guided by Iran’

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Straight Outta Petach Tikva

Two new album releases make today a big day for Israeli hip hop

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Goodness Gracious Is Beer in Tel Aviv Expensive

A recent study ranks hotel bars in the beachy Israeli city as the third most expensive in the world

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Remembering Jeff Schmalz, a Trailblazing Reporter Who Covered AIDS

To preserve Schmalz’s work, author Samuel G. Freedman has begun a Kickstarter campaign to fund an audio documentary and book project

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Iran Wins Big-Time in Vienna

The West is weak. Say it with me now: concessions, concessions, concessions.

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It’s Never Too Late For a Bar Mitzvah

When Matthew Jurgens was a toddler, his mother’s dying wish for was for him to become a bar mitzvah. Now 31, he’s fulfilled it with the help of a special rabbi.

News & Politics

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Snap-Back: A Journey Through Iranian Sanctions Evasion in Georgia

The fantasy is that sanctions halt economies. The reality is that enforcement requires tedious bookkeeping, painstaking forensic work, and the ability to stay a step ahead of experienced middlemen.

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Democracy and Its Tens and Twenties

Do not remove Andrew Jackson’s face from the $20 bill. It reminds us that democracy has always been a struggle against aristocracy and special privilege.

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‘Greater Israel With Gay Marriage in It’?

State of the gay nation: The flourishing of a vibrant gay community in the heart of the Middle East is a marvel, but many of the complexities of LGBT life remain unresolved

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Peace on Earth

With his intelligent, lyrical climate encyclical, the most ecumenical of pontiffs brings ‘the common good’ to new heights

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Is Marco Rubio the Victim of an Old Anti-Semitic Stereotype?

The venomous tropes used to talk about the presidential candidate’s wealth sound awfully familiar

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Am I Like Rachel Dolezal?

‘I performed Jewish. I lived Jewish. And nobody owns the right to tell me if I am Jewish or not.’

Arts & Culture

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Tablet Original Fiction: ‘Ruth had always assumed she’d die a one-man virgin.’

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‘Don’t Your People Got None of Your Own Music?’

Confessions of a Jewish teenage folkie

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Jewfro Visits Huck and Jim at the Whitney

A naked African-American, life-like young boys, personal property, public art, commerce, and cultural bravery collide at the nexus of the new West Side scene

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How One of the World’s Leading Geneticists Recovered His Family’s Stolen Legacy

Will an art restitution allow Michael Hayden to reconnect with his German roots?

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The Meursault Investigation

Francophone Algerian writer Kemal Daoud writes back to ‘The Stranger’—and breathes life into its nameless victim

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Must Hebrew Literature Live Only in Israel?

Why Israel’s most prestigious book award just shut out Hebrew writers who live outside the Jewish State

Life & Religion

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How To Make Fessenjan, a Sweet and Savory Persian Stew

Video: Pomegranates, turmeric, and ground walnuts evoke the flavors of the old Silk Road

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The Talmud as Fossil Record of Ancient, Everday Jewish Life and Idioms

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ study, why vows are hardly sacred, and why circumcision is the most glorious of rituals

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Defining ‘Open Orthodoxy’

What a shift in focus—from obsessing over boundaries to creating welcoming spaces—could mean for our future

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A Love Supreme

Today, the nation’s highest court affirmed same-sex marriage. For my family, and tens of thousands of others, it’s a cause for celebration.

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Jewish Perspectives on Nuclear Weapons—and Deterrence

As Iran negotiates its nuclear deal, a look back at decades of debate by rabbis, politicians, and philosophers about the ethics of atomic warfare

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I, Robot Chef

IBM’s supercomputer, Watson, can generate ingenious, original recipes, but does it really understand why humans love food?