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A Day in the Life of Lipa Schmeltzer, Ex-Ultra-Orthodox Celebrity

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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Another Tale of Love and Darkness

In Jessamyn Hope’s evocative debut novel, ‘Safekeeping,’ people are as beautiful and as vexed as the history with which they struggle

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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

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Borges in Jerusalem

Memories of the Argentine literary mystic’s visit to the Holy Land, and of his nuanced Zionism

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Aunt Linda’s a Singer

Vox Tablet launches a revue of our favorite episodes from the past decade with this gem of a story from Janice Erlbaum

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Saul Bellow Is Having a Very Quiet Birthday

In defense, and praise, of the champion of personality, for whom Jewishness was simply a fact of life, not an ‘identity’

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The Butcher of Desire; or Imagining Philip Roth

Tablet Original Fiction: Meet Phil the Kosher butcher, non-traditional writing student, counterfactual storyteller, Lothario

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TV’s Panicky New Shtetls

From a strange small town in Idaho to a menacing desert island, summer programming is all about anxious, insular communities

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The Day I Discovered My Daughter Was No Dove

What did last year’s Gaza War do to Israelis?

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Joshua Cohen Is the Great American Novelist

The Jewish Foster Wallace crosses auto-fiction with hysterical realism, in the energetic and intelligent ‘Book of Numbers’

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The Spy Who Bent a Million Spoons

Israeli mentalist Uri Geller’s mind-over-matter philosophy of life

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The Daemon in Mr. Bloom

The great critic’s sparkling new tour of American literature illuminates the sublime life of books

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Blum’s Day

Sociologist Pierre Birnbaum says it’s time Léon Blum—French Socialist, Zionist, wartime hero, and prime minister—got his due

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Arthur Miller’s Forgotten Masterpiece

‘Incident at Vichy,’ a play about rounding up Jews and Roma, held lessons for Soviet Refuseniks

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Cruelty & Perversity: Postprandial Reflections on the PEN Protesters

The grim satire of the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ controversy, in context

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Léon Blum: Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist, Tireless Champion, Proud Jew

An excerpt from Pierre Birnbaum’s new biography of the French titan

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Facing Death

‘I don’t believe in you, “salvation,” I never have and I never will. And very soon I won’t even be.’

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The Incurable World of Vivian Gornick

‘The Odd Woman and the City’ proves the memoirist is a peer of Kazin, Howe, and other great chroniclers of Jewish America

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The Marathon Bombers Were Clear About Their Motives. Why Is Masha Gessen Confused?

In ‘The Brothers,’ her new book about the Boston attacks, the Russian émigré writer empathizes with fellow displaced people

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Woman in Gold and an Old Toyota

Remembering Maria Altmann, the uncompromising Klimt owner behind Helen Mirren’s portrayal in ‘Woman in Gold’

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The Personal Is Political—and Vice Versa

An excerpt from Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s new novel, ‘Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate’

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‘Mr. Sinatra Adored Israel, and Israel Adored Him Back.’

The Chairman of the Board died 17 years ago today. In his centennial year, a tour of his deep-seated Zionism.

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A Lullaby for Auschwitz

On a new album, Italian singer Shulamit offers modern interpretations of haunting songs left by women in the Holocaust

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The Forbidden Films of the Third Reich

Nazi propaganda: show it, or bury it? A new documentary takes on the question.

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A Bittersweet Love Song to Jewish Alexandria

Lost Egypt comes alive in Yitzhak Gormezano Goren’s 1978 Hebrew idyll ‘Alexandrian Summer,’ in a first English translation

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