Vox Tablet

When We Were Illegal Aliens: Jewish Immigration Under the Quota Laws

In a new book, Libby Garland unearths the smugglers, schemes, and pluck Jews relied on to reach the United States

Joshua Ferris Takes on All Kinds of Decay in His Ambitious New Novel

‘To Rise Again at a Decent Hour’ wrestles with faith, community, baseball, and what it means to refuse to fill your cavities

Is It OK To Dance After the Holocaust? Absolutely, Says the Band Golem

The klezmer punk rockers cover lots of ground on their rollicking new album, ‘Tanz.’ They want you to get crazy to all of it.

Roz Chast Drags Us Kicking, Screaming, and Laughing, Into the Land of the Infirm

A conversation with the cartoonist who, in a new graphic memoir, finds humor and pathos in her parents’ last years

Neither Anatevka Nor Auschwitz: One Man’s Revelatory Roots Trip to Poland

Jonathan Groubert discovers just how unreliable family histories can be when held up against archives and artifacts

How an Alabama Doctor Became a Rabbi to His Patients at a Groundbreaking AIDS Clinic

In his memoir ‘Positive,’ Michael Saag warns that our broken health care system is more dangerous than the AIDS epidemic

Leonard Cohen’s Long, Strange, Sometimes Tortured Road to Mastering His Own Sound

Liel Leibovitz, who has a new book out on the rock ’n’ roll poet, looks at how Cohen’s songs evolved from bleak to transcendent

‘Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah’: Inside 19th-Century Yiddish Letter-Writing Manuals

Correspondence templates taught Jews both literacy and how to be modern. A new anthology shows their entertainment value.

When a Daughter of the Holocaust Meets a Daughter of the Third Reich

No one Lynn talked to understood how she, the child of a survivor, could cut ties with her family. Then she met Inga.

Reassessing Menachem Begin: Terrorist? Humanist? Man of the People?

Daniel Gordis examines the legacy of the Israeli statesman who fled the Holocaust, fought the Mandate, and made peace with Egypt

From Baghdad to Tel Aviv and Back: An Israeli Star Digs Into His Grandfather’s Music

Dudu Tassa immerses himself in the Arabic music of his late grandfather and reinterprets it for modern audiences

Fyvush Finkel: A Charming Conversation With a Longtime Serious Mensch

As the 91-year-old Yiddish theater star embarks on a Purim cabaret show, we revisit his appearance on Vox Tablet

Pin the Crime on the Jew: Blood Libel and the Case of Mendel Beilis

Edmund Levin plumbs trial transcripts to examine how one of Russia’s biggest court cases fed on the myth of Jewish malice

As If You Needed It, Yet Another Reason To Be in Miami: The Delis

Evolving Jewish culture—and doctors’ orders—dealt a blow to South Florida’s delicatessens. But they’re making a comeback.

Talmud for Boys, Challah-Making for Girls—Gender Rules in Orthodox Day Schools

Gender-typing is at work as early as daycare. A new book examines how this inequity plays out and undermines religious classrooms.

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