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Israel’s Happiness Revolution

What my preschooler’s taste in Mizrahi pop says about where the country is at

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Basel Yazouri: Operation Protective Edge in Gaza

How an 18-year-old Palestinian prodigy came to train his lens on last summer’s Israel-Hamas hostilities, which ended one year ago today

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The Scholar and the Survivor

In a compelling new memoir, ‘Reading Claudius,’ Caroline Heller goes in search of her formidable uncle Erich, whose WWII legacy still haunts his descendants

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When Bad Things Happen to Good Sheep

A new animated movie charmingly wrestles with one of Jewish theology’s thorniest questions

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André Aciman, Sarah Wildman, and Others Build a Summer Reading List

Looking for a good book to sink into at the beach in these waning dog days? Friends share what they’ve loved lately.

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Jorma Kaukonen Finds Somebody To Love

The former Jefferson Airplane guitarist and Hot Tuna lead man comes home to his mother’s faith at his Fur Peace Ranch in Ohio

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Remembering Arnold Scaasi, Jewish Designer to the Stars

Known for his tasteful gaudiness—and Barbra Streisand’s memorable 1969 Oscars outfit—the Montreal-born fashion icon believed you never had to tone down to move up

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The Riegner Cable, and the Knowing Failure of the West To Act During the Shoah

When and how did authentic information about the Holocaust first become known?

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The Closing of the Old Café

Dispatch from the last day at Tel Aviv’s iconic Café Tamar, after 74 years of service

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It’s a Small, Small, Small Press World

Where Jewish writers are finding homes these days, and why

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And Now for Something Completely Different

Vox Tablet is delighted to share the inaugural episode of Tablet’s newest podcast, Unorthodox

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Wet Hot American Jewish Summer Camp

Unlike a lot of classic teen comedies, the original ‘Wet Hot’ and its new Netflix revival series do not wash out the Jews. Is this a good sign or bad?

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Nadav Lapid’s Genius Sees Israeli-ness as an Existential Disease

The internationally acclaimed filmmaker’s new ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ takes Jewish insularity to terrific extremes

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What Made Alex Katz So Brand New & Terrific?

The painter’s early 1950s work is the subject of an exceptional, worth-the-detour new show in Maine

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Doctorow and Poe

A tale of two Edgars, and the predestination of names

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The Smallest Woman in the World

A tale of love and vanity by the great 20th-century Brazilian writer, from the new ‘Complete Stories’

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Dancing on Tisha B’Av

Brenda’s brother is in love with another man. What will his minyan think?

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To Save American Judaism, Say No to Superheroes

Our caped crusaders have a lot to do with our anxieties about Jewish identity. It’s time we found more meaningful alternatives.

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Jewish Eyes Without a Face Haunt Christian Petzold’s ‘Phoenix’

New German film is a devastating portrait of a ghostly young Eurydice, an Auschwitz survivor who refuses to stay in hell

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How One Zealous Looter Changed Jewish History in the Name of Its Preservation

Historian Lisa Leff tracks the perplexing journey of a 20th century collector, scholar, survivor, and thief

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How We Got to Dylann Roof: An Excerpt From ‘A Hundred Little Hitlers’

How a 1988 murder in Portland brought the American skinhead movement into the national spotlight

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Harper Lee’s ‘Watchman’ Undoes the Hypocritical Fantasies of Benevolent White Power in ‘Mockingbird’

‘Over here we don’t believe in persecuting anybody. Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced.’

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How I Lost My Family in the Last Gaza War

This is the story of an IDF fleece jacket, and a broken back

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Amy Winehouse Was a Nice Jewish Girl With a Big Problem

The singer, subject of a moving new biographical documentary, never lived long enough to learn how to live

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Artists Don’t Have To Be ‘For’ or ‘Against’ Something. They Can Just Make the Thing They Have to Make.

The superhero genius of Peter Saul and Jim Nutt, according to curator Dan Nadel

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Einstein: Patent Clerk, Rebel, Equivocal Zionist

Biographer Steven Gimbel Talks Us Through the Physicist’s Views on Religion, Israel, and (Yikes) His Theory of Relativity

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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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Dry

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

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