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In Praise of Dairy Restaurants

A visit to B&H Restaurant on Second Avenue brings back memories of milchig establishments of yore

Curse of the Survivor

Singer Vera Gran was haunted by allegations of Nazi collaboration. A new book asks if survival made her guilty.

Taken for a Ride in Jerusalem

From the archive: Daniel Estrin’s 2012 report—which just won a prestigious award—on Jerusalem’s light rail

Inside the Ringelblum Archive

A guided tour of Polish Jewry’s greatest treasure, once buried in the rubble of Warsaw

Why Do We Want Revenge?

In Payback: The Case for Revenge, law professor Thane Rosenbaum considers our desire for vengeance

The Search for an Ancient Blue

The Torah tells us to put a blue thread on our tzitzit. Why has it taken 1,300 years to figure out how?

Close Encounters With Talmud

Seven months into a seven-and-a-half-year study cycle, book critic Adam Kirsch is hookedand flummoxed

Obsessed With Hollywood

Rachel Shukert’s new novel Starstruck rekindles her childhood romance with the golden age of film

Our Jesus

Naomi Alderman’s provocative novel The Liars’ Gospel puts Jesus back in the Jewish time and place whence he came

An Unwed Woman of Valor

In My Mother’s Wars, Lillian Faderman recalls her single mother’s frustrated efforts to save her family from the Holocaust

The Nine Lives of ‘Hava Nagila’

A new documentary looks at the many iterations of the popular tune, from Hasidic niggun to American kitsch

A Very Modern Purimspiel

Stories about hidden identity, vegetarianism, and getting plastered, from four young comedy writers

How (Not) To Stop a Bully

Emily Bazelon’s new book argues that bullying comes in different forms and so should its antidotes

A Jerusalem Love Story

What happens when an Israeli and a Palestinian, separated by checkpoints, meet and fall for each other

How To Sell Judaism

Archie Gottesman got New Yorkers to love a storage company. Can she get Jews to love being Jewish?

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