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On Purim, Remembering Not to Forget

Memory, continuity, and a grandfather’s curious New York Times ritual

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Joshua Ferris Takes on All Kinds of Decay in His Ambitious New Novel

‘To Rise Again at a Decent Hour’ wrestles with faith, community, baseball, and what it means to refuse to fill your cavities

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Islamic College Funded by Jews

The school aims to promote a moderate vision of Islam, but it faces deep skepticism from Jews and Muslims

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No, Israel Isn’t at Fault For Toulouse

In ‘New York Review,’ William Pfaff blames the victims

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Haman Is Dead

Against the Jewish belief in apocalypse

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Out of Tune

When Israelis and Palestinians choose politics over music, they’re guilty of the gravest offense in the Torah: acting like Amalek

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Seriously Groggy

The Purim tradition of drowning out Haman’s name with noise dates back to medieval times. But in our increasingly cacophonous lives, an illustrator wonders: Does the grogger need to be reinvented?

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Today on Tablet

Hamen-tasting, Vashti the feminist, and more on Purim

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Austrophobia

Sam Apple encounters a shepherd who sings in Yiddish—and forces him to question his deepest fear.