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How One Zealous Looter Changed Jewish History in the Name of Its Preservation

Historian Lisa Leff tracks the perplexing journey of a 20th century collector, scholar, survivor, and thief

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A Marriage That Changed the Course of History

What Natalie Zemon Davis, pioneering scholar of early modern Europe, owes to her husband, and Martin Guerre

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Israeli Historian Otto Dov Kulka Tells Auschwitz Story of a Czech Family That Never Existed

Why Holocaust accounts—and their fictions or omissions—can be a threat to the history of a complicated, tragic human reality

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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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Yemen, the Crucible of al-Qaida, Was Once a Powerful Arabian Kingdom Run by Jews

A new book sheds light on the complicated conflicts among Jews, Christians, and pagans in the pre-Islamic Middle East

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What Spinoza Knew and Neuroscience Is Discovering: ‘Free Will’ Doesn’t Exist

In a new book, Heidi Ravven draws on philosophy, history, and neuroscience to argue that ethical behavior comes from looking outward, not within

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The Invisible City

What’s the best way to make history come alive? One guide’s answer: stories.

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Eric Hobsbawm’s Jewish Gift

How the British Marxist and anti-Zionist, who died last week, influenced the writing of Jewish history

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Covered

Five Books, holiday edition: Nine hardbacks—including Philip Schultz’s memoir, a history of the orgasm, and Alfred Kazin’s journals—for the readers on your list

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Re-remembering Yerushalmi

Reflections on a former professor and his posthumous fiction debut

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Dissenter

Rosa Luxemburg was a Marxist activist in early 20th-century Berlin, murdered by her political enemies after World War I. She’s the topic of the debut edition of “Long Story Short,” a new podcast on people and ideas in Jewish life.

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Love Stories

“Tell Me,” Tablet Magazine’s illustrated question-and-answer column, considers some beautiful, wise, nuanced, and surprisingly terse looks at love and heritage

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Premiership

A new book gives an insider’s assessment of four Israeli prime ministers—and Menachem Begin the voice he never had

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Sore

When immigrant Lower East Side moms rioted over tonsillectomies

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Collective Memory

Toby Perl Freilich’s forthcoming documentary examines the 100-year history of the kibbutz

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Enforcers

In early-20th-century Warsaw, making sure people observed the Sabbath was serious business

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A New ‘Theory’ of the Armenian Genocide

Can you guess whom it blames?

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My Generation

R. Crumb, Genesis, feminism, and history in the latest chapter of an illustrated memoir

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Israeli History Textbook Pulled

Previously approved text said Palestinians see expulsion as ‘ethnic cleansing’

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Forget About It

A Torah portion of war and remembrance

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Rags and Riches

What the new Tin Pan Alley Rag teaches us about Irving Berlin and the other Jews who wrote the American songbook

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Evil Is as Evil Does

Obama draws a connection between slavery and the Holocaust

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Is ‘Nazi Soap’ a Myth?

Play suggests no; historian says yes

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Richard Nixon Explains Anti-Semitism

We have a ‘death wish,’ apparently

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Hot Pursuit

The gripping, improbable, globetrotting story of how Israeli spies caught Adolf Eichmann

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It’s a Small World

Albert Kahn’s 100-year-old photography project brought humanity into focus

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Child’s Play

Seventy years ago, a contentious novel scrutinized Judaism through the eyes of a young boy

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Zionist Princess

A new biography shines a light on Marie Syrkin

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Rifts and Rows

A London walking tour outlines the many divisions in British Jewry

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An Unexpected Leader

A politician who broke the mold (it’s not who you think)

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