‘You do not have the right to invoke my people’s struggle for your shoddy purposes’
A week visiting my family in Israel
Shmuley Boteach—rabbi, sexpert, Michael Jackson pal—has led many lives. But none of them can obliterate his past.
With the No. 1 album in America, the parodist proves yet again the full depth of his genius
Tablet Original Fiction: Angela loves Paul loves Claire loves Adam loves Angela
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is the best film of 2014, and one of the least Jewish movies ever made
Irving Finkel, an expert on ancient Mesopotamia, decodes a Babylonian tablet and traces its path to the Book of Genesis
I don’t talk like my fellow Torontonians because I was raised inside the ‘Bathurst Bubble,’ the city’s Jewish community
It wasn’t as big as Batman, but ‘Mendy and the Golem’ gave Jewish kids a taste of pop culture—with a rabbinical seal of approval
Will Putin’s ban on adoptions finally help U.S. officials grasp the nature of Russia’s political leadership?
Shut out for years, this week Bnei Menashe Jews moved to Israel. Why did the government change its policy?
The Jewish National Fund is giving away pines for Christmas—and irony isn’t one of the reasons they’re doing it
Gun-rights advocates cite Nazi laws in their defense of the Second Amendment. Is the comparison fair?
In Sweden, a respected magazine is reviving the canard that the IDF plundered the organs of Palestinians
After half a century tracking down Nazis for prosecution, Serge Klarsfeld says his work continues
A new book, Escape From North Korea, says the Korean diaspora should emulate the movement to free Soviet Jewry
It’s time to admit that banning Mein Kampf while allowing anti-Islam cartoons is a double-standard
Saudi Arabia, China, and Iran ban books. Why are they being honored on the European book-fair circuit?
Judith Butler is the perfect recipient for a prize named after the patron saint of obfuscation
Berlin’s Jewish Museum gave Judith Butler and Germans permission to indulge dangerous political impulses
Avoiding the U.N. circus would have sent a stronger message about the gravity of the Iranian threat
A Danish art exhibit attacks public figures who ‘insult’ but not those who issue death threats in response
On my list of worries this Tisha B’Av: Iran, Egypt—and the ugly ways we Jews talk to one another
Germany treats L. Ron Hubbard’s movement as a cult and a threat to democracy. The U.S. should follow its example.
The Shallowest, Least Thoughtful Commentators of the Week
An excerpt from I Thought I Meant More to You Than That, by Cynthia Orgel
Rips into Hamas, Selena Gomez
After seven years in Portland, departing with a mix of sadness and hope
We’re hiring two paid, part-time editorial interns
Operation Protective Edge enters its 18th day
Militant group used child labor to construct underground network in Gaza
The latest in a long tradition of creatively supporting embattled Jews abroad
Snide bias is no substitute for real reporting on complicated stories
How one shy, whistle-blowing intern in an Amsterdam archive uncovered a travesty that insulted a decimated community
Two economists argue that literacy, not laws forbidding land ownership, created a small, widely dispersed and highly skilled minority