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A Day in the Life of Lipa Schmeltzer, Ex-Ultra-Orthodox Celebrity

From the confines of Skverer Hasidism to Columbia University and fashion eyewear shops, the singer and Internet sensation isn’t slowing down soon

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Remembering Jeff Schmalz, a Trailblazing Reporter Who Covered AIDS

To preserve Schmalz’s work, author Samuel G. Freedman has begun a Kickstarter campaign to fund an audio documentary and book project

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Columbia Student Groups Battle Over MLK, Israel

One side sees a call for peace, the other a defense of ‘genocide’

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Please Be Disturbed: Triggering Can Be Good for You, Kids

Brutalities cry for attention. Attention to the appalling causes disturbance. Deal with it. You’re at school to be disturbed.

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Why ‘The Enlightenment Project’ Is Necessary and Unending

The Enlightenment was never about colonialism or mindless pursuit of perfection—it was, and is, about liberating us all

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Reliving Tragedy Was My Job at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum

How under the weight of history, all memory becomes holy—even the memory that should not

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‘Yeah, Yeah’: Eulogy for Sidney Morgenbesser, Philosopher With a Yiddish Accent

As his 10th yahrzeit nears, a remembrance of Sidney the teacher, Sidney the humorist, Sidney the arguer, Sidney the Jew

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Freud and the Marranos: How Yosef H. Yerushalmi Gave Voice to Jews Caught Between Worlds

Two new books explore the complex legacy and rich life of the great Jewish historian of conversos and Marranos

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Ari Shavit Talks Israel At Columbia University

The Israeli author discusses his new book, ‘My Promised Land,’ with students

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Is Jewish Control Over the Slave Trade a Nation of Islam Lie or Scholarly Truth?

When Louis Farrakhan says, ‘You need to get this book,’ he means an insidious 1991 title whose claims to scholarship echo today

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Yeshiva U. Bests Columbia in Harlem Shake

A showdown for the ages ends with a Maccabees victory

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The Harlem Shake Invades the Upper West Side

Who does it better: Columbia or Yeshiva University?

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Value Free

A morally bankrupt exhibition in New York suggests how not to look at architecture in the Middle East—by neglecting the works’ political contexts

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Sundown: Hama Then, Homs Now

Plus Jew-school advances to championship, the AIPAC Three, and more

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Winning the War

As Israel Apartheid Week returns to college campuses across the country, how should supporters of Israel fight the battle for hearts and minds?

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Cantor Remembers ‘The New Deal’ Fondly

Political fun fact of the day

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Steering Committee

The government cleared a Barnard professor of discriminating against a Jewish student. Now the student claims investigators weren’t told the whole truth.

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Education Dept. Drops Columbia Probe

Controversial Mideast studies professor was involved in ‘steering’ charge

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Unwelcome

An Orthodox Jewish student says she was steered away from an Arab-studies course at Columbia University. The Education Department is investigating.

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New Charge Over Hostile Columbia Classroom

U.S. reportedly probing whether Jewish student was ‘steered’

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Sundown: Um, Is That a Threat?

Plus nuclear gamesmanship, Iran and Columbia, and more

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Ahmadinejad May Attend Columbia Event

So it is time to reacquaint ourselves with his avian namesake

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Re-remembering Yerushalmi

Reflections on a former professor and his posthumous fiction debut

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After Shock

PTSD expert Yuval Neria talks about cutting-edge and time-worn approaches to healing in the aftermath of trauma

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Punchy

When Amir Khan and Zab Judah enter the boxing ring Saturday night, Harold Lederman will be judging the bout for HBO Sports. With his distinctive Bronx honk, he’s the sport’s most essential analyst.

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Bloomsday

As much as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg may wish to present himself as an ethnically neutral pragmatist, his Jewishness inevitably plays a role in people’s opinion of him

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Falling Star

Lost Books

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J Street Controversy at Columbia

And a collegiate mock checkpoint

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Sundown: Abbas Wins Backing for Talks Halt

Plus Palestinian studies at Columbia, and more