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A Serious Mensch

Fyvush Finkel’s career, rooted in Yiddish theater, has lasted nearly eight decades. And he’s not planning on retirement anytime soon.

A Shul for Shanghai

Shanghai’s historic Ohel Rachel Synagogue was allowed to serve as a place of worship during the World Expo, which closes this week. Now what?

Close Encounter

Rodger Kamenetz’s new book connects Rabbi Nachman, Franz Kafka, a turkey, and a cockroach

Grandmother’s House

Her family’s Holocaust-haunted past informs the new album from singer-songwriter Clare Burson

Up With Pessimism!

David Rakoff makes the case for an un-American approach to living

Most Favored Nations

For Jews and for Americans, what does it mean to be a chosen people?

Back in the USSR

Gal Beckerman recalls the Struggle for Soviet Jewry, which reinvigorated a tradition of Jewish political engagement

2,000-Year-Old Man

Reconsidering Hillel, the legendary rabbi whose distillation of Judaism’s core teachings still applies

Gimme Shelter

A design competition invites new takes on the sukkah

In the Rearview

Novelist Darin Strauss talks about living with, and atoning for, a terrible car accident

Visiting the Dead

A visit to New York’s Mount Carmel Cemetery highlights how far American Jews have drifted from their immigrant ancestors, geographically and ritually

Kosher Pigskin

As football season starts, discussing backup Vikings quarterback Sage Rosenfels and other Jews in the NFL

Musical Society

Studying the emergence of a Jewish national music in Imperial Russia

Leap of Faith

The neo-Nazi-hunter who solved the D.B. Cooper hijacking case

Some People

In a spoken excerpt from her new memoir, Rachel Shukert recounts the final days of a European romance

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