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Spoils of War

Importing dates, Iraqi-style

Operation Shylock

F. Murray Abraham tackles theater’s most vexing villains

La Nona Kanta

Flory Jagoda sings the songs of her great-great-great-great-great grandparents

Blade II and Fried Rice

Christmas Eve for those who have nowhere else to be

From Brooklyn to Beverly Hills

Growing up Jake Fuchs thought of his father as a screenwriter. At 12, he discovered otherwise.

Belief Net

Nelly Reifler is casting about for answers to eternal questions

Trip to Bountiful

Sensory overload kicks in on a tour through a kosher food convention

Minstrel Show

Parodies that make us cringe today used to make people roar. A music critic discovers Abie Cohen, the Jewish version of Aunt Jemima.

Table Talk

Cooking with Claudia Roden

Laughing Out Loud

Adam Gopnik follows the yuks from Groucho to his 12-year-old son

Across the Great Divide

Jeffrey Goldberg goes the distance from an insecure boyhood on Long Island to the muscularity of military policehood in Israel

Paper Trail

In bidding on a batch of stamps, Reinhard Kaiser unearthed the story of an ill-fated wartime romance

All the Right Moves

A chess amateur shows how the game has mesmerized through the ages

Sway to the Music

Bluesman Jeremiah Lockwood finds his voice in his grandfather’s liturgical repertoire

Family History

In The Lost, Daniel Mendelsohn excavates some unsettling truths about brotherhood, betrayal, and the Book of Genesis.

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