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The Truth About Santa, as Revealed to a Jewish Girl Circa 1980

Canadian comedian Ophira Eisenberg tells of the day she went to the mall and conquered her Christmas envy once and for all

Remembrance of Things Past: Moroccans Talk About the Jews Who Once Lived Among Them

An anthropologist from the Anti-Atlas region travels home to find out what four generations of his countrymen think of Jews

Five Years Later, Madoff Scandal Echoes Through the Jewish Community, and Beyond

The lingering effects of his massive Ponzi scheme on a century-old youth group, a Boston philanthropist, and small investors

Four-Letter Words: Why Jews Have Led the Making and Defense of Obscenity in America

Does sexually graphic material help Jewish continuity? ‘Unclean Lips’ argues for the unseemliness of Bruce, Roth, and their ilk.

Sephardic Singer Flory Jagoda Keeps the Music of Her Prewar Bosnian Childhood Alive

The composer of the beloved Hanukkah song ‘Ocho Kandelikas’ shares stories and melodies from her past

How Thanksgiving Became Holy for One Iranian Jewish Woman and Her Family

‘Saffron Rice and Cranberry Sauce’ is one of eight stories in a theater production based on Persian Jewish women’s lives

Famous People’s Reflections on Being Jewish, Now Rendered on Stage, in Song

Interviews with Sarah Jessica Parker, Tony Kushner, Leonard Nimoy, and others provide material for an affecting new show

Femmes Fatales: How German Women Used Femininity for Evil During World War II

As nurses, spouses, or secretaries, German women in the east were helpmeets. A new book examines their roles in the Holocaust.

On the Making of ‘Aftermath,’ the Controversial Polish Film Now Opening in the U.S.

What drove a veteran producer to champion—against all odds—a thriller on Polish-Jewish relations

The Show That Made the World Fall in Love With the Jews and Grow Nostalgic for Tevye

Alisa Solomon’s kaleidoscopic look at ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ explores the political and cultural backdrop of the 49-year-old smash

Painting a Portrait of a Political, Literary and Journalistic Powerhouse

Biographer Seth Lipsky talks about Abraham Cahan, his political sway, and the evolution of the Jewish press

From Teen Chronicler of Yiddish Curses to Global Fame: Sholem Aleichem’s Multitudes

Jeremy Dauber’s biography of the genius behind Tevye traces his life and legacy from shtetl child to international superstar

Seeing the Strengths and Pitfalls of a Whole Country in the Lives of Seven Paratroopers

In his new book, ‘Like Dreamers,’ Yossi Klein Halevi chronicles the clash of Utopian visions that followed the Six Day War

Amos Oz, 74 Years Old and a National Treasure, Still Dreams of Life on the Kibbutz

In a wide-ranging conversation, Israel’s greatest novelist talks about working the land, making art, and Natalie Portman

Alan Berliner’s Newest Cinematic Poem Reflects on a Relative With Alzheimer’s

‘First Cousin Once Removed’ shows the complexity of a man at the end of his life and the ravages—and blessings—of memory loss

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