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The Deep Jewish Roots of Television’s Caesar

The late, great comedian’s ‘Your Show of Shows’ tried to pass in postwar, assimilationist America

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South African Jews Get Their Master Storyteller—and Their National Narrative

The debut novel ‘The Lion Seeker’ is the kind of representative Jewish epic Herman Wouk used to write

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Hating Gwyneth Paltrow

You may think you know where this column is going. You’d be wrong.

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No Place Like Home

The new Disney Oz flick stars Jewish actors. Somewhere, over the rainbow, that will no longer matter.

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Intermarried A-Listers and Us

Anne Hathaway’s and other celebrity weddings suggest that in America Jewishness has become aspirational

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Jew Pop

Mad Men, whose sixth season premiered Sunday, revives the 1960s, an era when Jewish culture and American pop began to meld

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Vigor Juice

Jews and Booze, a fascinating new history of Prohibition-era bootleggers, barmen, rabbis, and cops, picks up where HBO’s Boardwalk Empire leaves off

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Standing Tall

It’s the time of year when intermarried Jews are lectured against Christmas trees. Given marriage trends, the lecturers should learn to pipe down.

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Brisket Power

Searching for ways to attract young Jews, a Boston group asked some chefs to reinvent traditional Jewish dishes. Never underestimate the ability of good food to attract a crowd.

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In Its Prime

Recalling the heyday of the Romanian-Jewish steakhouse

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Conservative Movement Plans Liberal Tinkering

United Synagogue head also discusses ‘Lost’ ad

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Assimilated

On a lifetime of being thought Jewish

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Hyphen Nation

A brief history of a short punctuation mark

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Words of Our Fathers

What a 1942 essay contest revealed about immigrants’ lives, in the Old World and the New

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Westward Expansion

Prostitutes, Christian Scientists, cross-dressing teachers

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The Middle-American Way of Death

A lesson Mitch Albom never learned from Morrie

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Open Panel

Will Corwin’s assimilating art

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Barbie, Daughter of Ruth

Tiffany Shlain reaches back to the Pleistocene era to explain assimilation in America

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Pulling Out the Stops

The rise and fall of the synagogue organ