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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

Helène Aylon’s Journey From Rebbetzin to Internationally Acclaimed Feminist Artist

The irreverent 82-year-old left Orthodox Borough Park long ago. But she’s still wrestling with the rituals of her past.

Ancient Roman Jews Meet Wartime Partisans on a Raucous and Lush Avant-rock Album

Dan Kaufman and his band Barbez blend jazz, rock, liturgical melodies, and Italian neo-realism on ‘Bella Ciao’

A New Era of Anti-Semitism Is Here. Daniel Goldhagen Blames Globalization.

In his new book, the controversial author warns against complacency, saying that prejudice against Jews is uniquely adaptable

Strippers, Jewish Guilt, and Loneliness Collide in Jill Soloway’s New Feature Film

The award-winning director talks about why ‘Afternoon Delight’ begins with a lap dance and ends with Shabbat

Drinking in Jerusalem: A Love Story. No, a Tragedy. No, an Adventure.

Three distinctive bars in the Holy City showcase local ingredients and characters. Just don’t call the bartenders ‘mixologists.’

A Hasidic Alt-Rock Girl Band Gets Its Groove On—In Crown Heights

Sorry, guys. Bulletproof Stockings—drummer Dalia Shusterman and singer-songwriter Perl Wolfe—plays for women only.

In ‘The Store,’ the Arrival of a Second-Hand Shop Unhinges an Israeli Village

Short fiction by David Ehrlich, the owner of Jerusalem’s beloved bookstore café Tmol Shilshom, and read for us by novelist John Haskell

The Children of Refuseniks Report From the Frontlines of Putin’s Russia

Journalists Masha Gessen, Miriam Elder, and Michael Idov talk about a changing Russia and their place in it

The Dreyfus Affair Holds a Sacred Place in French History. Is There Room for Debate?

The recently declassified dossier that served to convict Alfred Dreyfus is full of sordid details, but most French historians refuse to touch it

What Spinoza Knew and Neuroscience Is Discovering: ‘Free Will’ Doesn’t Exist

In a new book, Heidi Ravven draws on philosophy, history, and neuroscience to argue that ethical behavior comes from looking outward, not within

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