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Funny Girls

An off-Broadway show pays homage to the queens of comedy

Close-Up

Vanessa Engle gets intimate in her three-part documentary on British Jews

The Ha-Ha

What’s in a joke? Jim Holt finds out.

With a Capital ‘J’

Alisa Solomon gives us the story behind West Side Story

No Place Like Home

Tania Grossinger chronicles her childhood at the Catskills resort

Within Four Walls

A forgotten synagogue in a defunct prison is brought to light

Born Free

A documentary plumbs early memories of life on the kibbutz

Partners in Crime

David Benioff takes the buddy novel to wartime Leningrad

Raising the Dead

In his new novel, Aleksandar Hemon unearths the misfortunes of a Chicago immigrant

Word Choice

How Hebrew was (and continues to be) transformed into a modern language

Radical Riff

How comedians of the 1960s and ’70s revolutionized stand-up

In the Image

A literary—but none-too-sad—Keith Gessen talks about his new novel

Before the Exodus

A tour of Streit’s matzo factory, while it’s still in the neighborhood

The Things We Carry

What happens when your inheritance includes a life-threatening genetic mutation?

Ties That Bind

A scholar and priest traces the roots of religious violence to Abraham

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