Today on Tablet Magazine, Senior Writer Allison Hoffman profiles (must-read!) Alan Solow, the “King of the Jews” selected to lobby the administration on the basis of his close ties to Obama. Staff Writer Marissa Brostoff considers Milton Steinberg, whose As A Driven Leaf, set among the Talmudic sages, has become something of a cult artifact, and whose The Prophet’s Wife is being released posthumously this weekend. Etgar Keret reflects on love and admiration for his older brother. In his weekly haftorah column, Liel Leibovitz examines the phenomenon of the ba’al teshuva—the unobservant Jew who turns Orthodox. The Scroll undergoes multiple spiritual transformations each day.
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