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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rav Yitzchok Hutner and the Meaning of Hanukkah

A poet, educator, and master of religious prose, he believed the holiday represented a watershed in Jewish history: the transition to an intellectual rabbinic Judaism

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The Greatest Literary Impostor of All Time Deserves To Be Remembered

Romain Gary’s many life stories—including that of his pseudonymous, prizewinning French ‘cousin’ Émile Ajar—still hold sway, 35 years to the day after his death

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Can American Jews Understand the Holocaust?

Or are they too wedded to redemptive narratives? A timely reprint of Edward Lewis Wallant’s classic 1961 novel ‘The Pawnbroker’ raises the question.

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‘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

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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

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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

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‘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

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The Death of Glucksmann

Remembering the French intellectual, a man of influential ideas

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Proust, Dreyfus, and the Art of True Impressions

An excerpt from Benjamin Taylor’s new biography of the great French writer

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Bruce Jay Friedman, the Father of Black Humor, Isn’t Dead Yet

The master of the deadpan is on top of his game at 85 with a wise, funny new collection, ‘The Peace Process’

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