Today in Tablet Magazine, Todd Gitlin and Liel Leibovitz explain how they came to write a book, The Chosen Peoples, that embraces divine election as, if nothing else, a useful notion. Mideast columnist Lee Smith discusses regional negotiations with Nobel Prize-winning Israeli game theorist Robert Aumann, who argues the Gaza withdrawal sent the wrong message and thereby delayed peace. Gal Beckerman talks Soviet Jewry on a Vox Tablet podcast. The Scroll advises you to watch out for flying lulavs.