The lingering effects of his massive Ponzi scheme on a century-old youth group, a Boston philanthropist, and small investors
The country and the world came to a standstill then. Can his death inspire a similar momentum for change?
Long seen as allies of the Jewish state, Bedouins may be embracing their neighbors’ identity—as a way of expressing their own
The Tattler: So what if Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer revive the Von Trapps? Is that so wrong?
On the 26th anniversary of Freedom Sunday, a photographer uses objects to look at the immigrant experience
Egyptian playwright Ali Salem and others are marginalized at home and in the Western media, but they are political pioneers
Enough already with blasting shopping as soulless: Jewish tradition is nothing if not a defense of commerce
Even though it’s just a few blocks from our home, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum gave my girls a chance to time-travel
An ambitious new park is set to transform the dilapidated neighborhood that was once the Russian capital’s first Jewish quarter
The key to Christopher Hitchens wasn’t his iconoclasm; it was his desire for belonging—and the proof can be found in an unexpected place
My life as an accidental Holocaust expert—and why I decided to quit
Two recent books consider whether Jewishness is a religion, a culture, a race, or some combination of the three. The answer may be none of the above.
Five Books: A biography of sportscaster Howard Cosell, the life of film critic Pauline Kael, the poets who translated Shakespeare into Hebrew, and more
The Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño’s The Third Reich is, like much of his fiction, filled with Nazis, the ultimate evil
A new English-language translation of the short stories of Soviet writer Der Nister, or The Hidden One, brings his enigmatic Yiddish work to light
Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman’s indispensable account of the horrors of Stalinism and the Holocaust, puts Jewishness at the heart of the 20th century
Joseph Heller, who embodied masculinity in American postwar literature, for better and for worse, chronicled a major shift in American Jewish identity
Philip Roth’s defenders point to his later, more serious works to argue for his place in the canon. In truth, those books make clearer his weaknesses.
In a new novel, 19th-century Europe is a land of ominous mystery, and a Parisian junk shop is the passage to a lost world. An excerpt.
A conversation with Umberto Eco, whose new novel imagines one of the most anti-Semitic characters in fiction
Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish created a poetry of martyrdom for his people—and a political coup for the idea of the nakba
Holocaust survivor Aharon Appelfeld, Israel’s greatest living writer and author of the new Until the Dawn’s Light, retains his capacity for wonder
Philip Roth’s legacy of writerly narcissism left a generation of young novelists with the wrong idea of what makes great literature
Henry Miller had complicated feelings about Jews, but his works wouldn’t have reached American audiences without them
With a little help from Tablet’s readers
New music from Britney Spears, One Direction, and more
The Rockets small forward is also having a breakout NBA season
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Plus Egypt’s Gen. Sisi is Time readers’ Person of the Year, and more
Before concessions on borders, Israel demands its safety be guaranteed
How the new structure advances the debate over prayer at the Western Wall
Legendary South African leader fought for racial equality and peaceful resistance
Happy Hanukkah from Palermo, Sicily
Does sexually graphic material help Jewish continuity? ‘Unclean Lips’ argues for the unseemliness of Bruce, Roth, and their ilk.
The composer of the beloved Hanukkah song ‘Ocho Kandelikas’ shares stories and melodies from her past