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Hofesh Schecter Makes ‘Fiddler’ Dance

The Israeli choreographer behind the acclaimed new Broadway revival updates the peasant vibe of an American classic

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Why Sayed Kashua Is Every ‘Ha’aretz’ Reader’s Favorite Ex-Israeli Arab

The writer’s new collection of personal essays and newspaper columns will make you laugh until you cry

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‘Angie Tribeca’ Is the Best Show You’re Not Yet Watching

A tribute to the great Zucker-Abrahams comedies of the 1980s and 1990s, it is easily among the most Jewish things on TV

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Hannah (Montana) and Her Sisters

This week on Unorthodox: Word maven Lizzie Skurnick wants to know your favorite expression, and writer Bill Schulz says he inspired the worst character in ‘Trainwreck’

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The Saddlemaker, the Schindler, and the Miller of Wlodowa

Golems, messiahs, tradesmen, Nazis, and townspeople converge in the story collection ‘In the Land of Armadillos’

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The Gertrude Stein of Anglo-Jewish Jerusalem

Can poet Linda Zisquit keep the enlightenment ideal of the salon alive in Israel?

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Groucho Marx, the Pacino of the Jews

Lee Siegel’s new biography of the brilliant, cryptic comic actor uncovers the life behind the work. (But does not reveal why the elephant was wearing Groucho’s pajamas.)

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The Oldest Living Painter in Westbeth

Peter Ruta, who turns 98 this month, is still painting and still not getting his due

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‘13 Hours’ Says: Why Think When You Can Shoot?

Why Michael Bay’s Benghazi fantasy is a dangerously stupid movie

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Expelliarmus!

This week on Unorthodox, Hillary’s Jewish outreach, plus Scholastic deputy general counsel Mark Seidenfeld—Harry Potter’s lawyer—and bioethicist Alice Dreger

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Bream Gives Me Hiccups

Jesse Eisenberg talks about Woody Allen, Obama’s tailor, Jewish humor, and his new collection of funny short stories

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Recollections of a Sick Soul

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a memoir of my dear friend, the novelist Ilona Karmel, who died 15 years ago

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‘Rabin, The Last Day’ Makes Oliver Stone’s ‘JFK’ Look Stone-Cold Sober

Amos Gitai’s polemical new documentary—opening in U.S. theaters Friday—on the 1995 assassination that rocked Israel sacrifices facts in favor of sensation

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Lord Gaga of Batsheva

Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s new language of modern dance

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A Vital, Flawed Book Makes Rachel Cantor an Author to Watch

Jewish theology and Dante’s poetry, past lives and imagined ones, collide in a the new comic novel ‘Good on Paper’

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The Man Behind the Mustache

Critic Lee Siegel explores the misanthropy that drove Groucho Marx and examines how we miss the mark on the comedic giant

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The Very Jewish Love Story Behind Erich Segal’s ‘Love Story’

How the famed writer’s unrequited passion for Janet Sussman led to the era-defining best-seller, and how Segal, who died six years ago this week, never got over her

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Arts and Letters

This week on Unorthodox, talking to painter Archie Rand about The 613, and Catherine Burns of storytelling sensation The Moth

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Israeli Boy—A Story

‘I too, was willingly sent to serve in the army. It was both sad and funny.’

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Herman Wouk, the American Jewish Writer Who Wrote Huge Best-Sellers and Wasn’t Especially Neurotic

The 100-year-old titan of American letters recalls his very happy publishing career, in the new ‘Sailor and Fiddler’

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The Season of the Wensch

English—and Yiddish—have plenty of words to describe a good man. Time for women to have their day.

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Ahad Ha’am

Differentiating between the sacred and the profane

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Catalogues and Critical Scholarship: The Fate of Jewish Collections in 19th-Century Germany

Tracing the birth of ‘Jewish studies’ as we know it

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Concerning the Jews

Merry Christmas, from Mark Twain

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For the Love of Suzie Louise: A Christmas Story

In middle-century Skokie, a young Jewish boy searches for a stolen Jesus to comfort his bereft Christian girlfriend

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Saint Joseph: The Forgotten ‘Father Christmas’

A modest proposal concerning one noted dreamer

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Amichai: the Tolerant Irony of Israel’s National Poet

A ‘wonderful’ new collection of Yehuda Amichai’s verse shows the poet’s profound resilience—and the weight of his ghosts

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To Huntington Station

An excerpt from George Braziller’s ‘Encounters,’ the great independent publisher’s memoir, which brings to life old Jewish East New York, just short of the author’s centennial

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Growing Up Absurd in Auschwitz

With brutal tact and appalling artistry, the visceral and haunting ‘Son of Saul’ makes little miracles out of the monstrous

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The Jewish Museum Misses the Soviet Jewish Moment in Photography

By looking broadly at early Soviet photography and film in ‘The Power of Pictures,’ a new exhibit turns away from Soviet Jews and their specific struggle to avoid being lost to history

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