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Portman’s Commencement Speech Is Very Real, Very Harvard

‘Jewish mother that I am’ cites A.B. Yehoshua and Menachem Begin

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The Great Israeli Novel Smiles at the Settlers

With his newly translated novel ‘The Hilltop,’ Assaf Gavron stakes his claim to be Israel’s Jonathan Franzen

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Literary Festival Draws Crowds, Stirs Drama

This week’s International Writers Festival in Jerusalem

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Why Not Let the Settlers Stay in Palestine?

It could create a viable Palestinian state. But will the parties go for it?

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Happy Countries Are All Alike; Every Unhappy Country Is Unhappy in Its Own Way

In Zeruya Shalev’s fearless new ‘The Remains of Love,’ lives on a kibbutz stand as a parable of Israel

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A.B. Yehoshua’s Many Ghosts

The writer’s new novel, The Retrospective, is a surreal study of the contested sources of Israeli identity

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This Week on The Scroll

A look back at the week that was

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A.B. Yehoshua Calls American Jews “Partial Jews”

A collection of American students shrug him off

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A.B. Yehoshua Should Pipe Down

The Israeli novelist and liberal icon regularly disparages Diaspora Jews. So, why do Americans still give him an ear, and a platform?

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Jews Again Long Shots for Lit Nobel

Syrian poet Adonis favored; Roth at 25:1

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Remembered

Raja Shehadeh’s new memoir joins a growing list of literary works on Palestinian life before Israel. But do they tell the whole story?

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Eastern Front

Israeli- and Russian-born immigrants are changing the face of American Jewry

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The Problem With David Grossman

Today on Tablet

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Pen Pals

David Grossman, Amos Oz, and A.B. Yehoshua have won international acclaim for being the intellectual leaders of Israel’s peace camp. It’s undeserved.

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Jews Are Longshots To Win Nobel, Booker

Doctorow and Oz have a chance; Jacobson remains underdog

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Daybreak: Russia Gets Real

Plus Fatah and Hamas feud over electricity, and more in the news

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A.B. Yehoshua Seeks Peace

Through linguistics

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Labor of Love

An editor looks back on 50 years at the helm of a leading Israeli literary magazine

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Uninvited Spirits

In his new novel, A.B. Yehoshua asks if Jewishness is something one can shed

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The Old Man and the City

In A.B. Yehoshua’s latest novel, a disappointed middle manager falls in love with a dead woman