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No Debate

Paul Berman challenges liberal intellectuals to take a stand against Tariq Ramadan

Light and Sweet

Shavuot provides the perfect excuse for a cheesecake pilgrimage

Song Cycle

The many lives of ‘Jerusalem of Gold,’ an Israeli anthem


Frank Schiffman made the Apollo Theater into the premier venue for African American musicians


In a new memoir, Mark Oppenheimer recounts how competitive debate saved his youth

Survival Instinct

In Assaf Gavron’s new novel, an apathetic Israeli and an introspective Palestinian are on a collision course

Animal Planet

Yann Martel’s new novel features a donkey, a monkey, taxidermy, and a Holocaust allegory

Art Market

Graphic novelist James Sturm turns his attention to a struggling Eastern European rug maker

Ask, Don’t Tell

A father’s reflections on teaching his son the Four Questions

Day of Rest

Judith Shulevitz’s new book considers the Sabbath throughout the ages and in her own life

Hearts and Minds

When Chabad arrived in an upscale Tel Aviv neighborhood, its liberal residents didn’t respond with open arms

Man Out of Time

Discussing ‘The Frozen Rabbi’ with author Steve Stern, who’s stuck in the Jewish past

Fugging Around

At 86, blind and housebound, Fugs frontman Tuli Kupferberg is still dispensing crass words of wisdom

Life of a Poet

Yehuda Halevi’s 12th-century Hebrew poems still speak to biographer Hillel Halkin

French Connections

Arab-Jewish relations in a tense Paris neighborhood

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