With the last weekend of 2012 coming up, Tablet has compiled a list of some of our best stories from the year to help you get ready for 2013. This is by no means a definitive list, but a good of mix of things we’re proud of from our various sections.
• Thomas Beller wrote an eloquent tribute in honor of the work of the poet and musician David Berman.
• Dara Horn scribed our very first Kindle Single about the forgotten World War II rescuer Varian Fry.
• Who could forget Michael Moynihan’s piece on Jonah Lehrer’s deceptions?
• Earlier this month, Menachem Kaiser had this story about a pedophile ring in Jerusalem that may not be real.
• J Hoberman had a series of great reviews for us: Among them, a look at Todd Solondz’s film Dark Horse, a story about the Russian-born filmmaker Julia Loktev, and a smart take on Joseph Cedar’s Israeli tragedy Footnote.
• Joan Nathan showed us how to make the ultimate latke.
• Matthew Fishbane reported on Hugo Chavez and the flight of Venezuelan Jews.
• Danielle Leshaw had a dispatch about how Israeli children are taught about the occupation of the West Bank.
• Nona Willis-Aronowitz took a look at the feminist and political legacy of Shulamith Firestone who died in 2012.
• Etgar Keret had a great story about his new house–the narrowest in the world–and his family’s history in Poland:
• Raffi Leicht wrote movingly about how the Jewish holidays helped him battle cancer.
• Roni Handler had these thoughts on same-sex marriage, religion, and family tension.
• Evelyn Krieger wrote on religious observance and letting go at her daughter’s wedding.
• Aaron Wolfe chronicled his search into his grandfather’s history in the Holocaust.
• Avital Chizhik gave us this lovely essay on Orthodoxy and rules of modesty.
• Jake Kohlman shares his tale of how he discovered his Jewish faith while serving the U.S. Army.
Enjoy them again or for the first time!