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Simon Schama Discusses His New Documentary

The Story of the Jews, a five-part TV series, premieres this week on PBS

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Five Books to Read on Adam Kirsch’s Birthday

How better to celebrate Tablet’s literary critic?

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Close Encounters With Talmud

Seven months into a seven-and-a-half-year study cycle, book critic Adam Kirsch is hookedand flummoxed

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Liel Leibovitz vs. Adam Kirsch on Philip Roth

The two Tableteers debate the author’s legacy ahead of his 80th birthday

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Another Look at Herman Wouk’s Latest

The sweet surprises of The Lawgiver‘s archaism

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Post-Script: Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal through the pages of Tablet

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Happy 100th, M.H. Abrams

Cornell to host a massive birthday for its celebrity mainstay

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Philip Levine, Fierce About Poetry

The U.S. poet laureate, who died this weekend, on growing up Jewish in Detroit, playing tennis in verse, and hanging on to his memories, which are the source of his art

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No Exit

Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman’s indispensable account of the horrors of Stalinism and the Holocaust, puts Jewishness at the heart of the 20th century

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Jerusalem Stone

Robert Stone’s 1998 novel Damascus Gate sets spies, cultists, and terrorists loose in the Holy Land

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The Brothers Blum

Comment of the Week

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And Fish for Dry Land!

Today on Tablet

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That Blank Page

Comment of the week

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Jews … They Win Awards!

The National Book Critics Circle and Jewish Book Council’s fêtes

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Faster Than a Speeding Rahm

Comment of the week

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The Radical of Disillusionment

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Second Singer

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Summer Reading

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The King of Killings

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Sundown: Talking and Eating Turkey

Plus Israel takes a breather on Iran, and more

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What Happened in the Ghetto

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Jacobson’s Politics and England’s Jews

Intellectual skywriting with James Wood, Harold Bloom, and more!

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A Bellow twofer, Soviet Jews, and more

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Obama’s Jewish maybe-problem, and more

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All The News That’s Fit To Print After the Fact

The ‘Times’ literally catches up with Howard Jacobson

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Roth day, Beck-ian scholarship, and more

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The Ping-Pong Wizard

Howard Jacobson is the underdog but our favorite

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All about Stuxnet, and more

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Post-Jewish lit, very Jewish lit, and more