‘You do not have the right to invoke my people’s struggle for your shoddy purposes’
A week visiting my family in Israel
Shmuley Boteach—rabbi, sexpert, Michael Jackson pal—has led many lives. But none of them can obliterate his past.
With the No. 1 album in America, the parodist proves yet again the full depth of his genius
Tablet Original Fiction: Angela loves Paul loves Claire loves Adam loves Angela
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is the best film of 2014, and one of the least Jewish movies ever made
Irving Finkel, an expert on ancient Mesopotamia, decodes a Babylonian tablet and traces its path to the Book of Genesis
I don’t talk like my fellow Torontonians because I was raised inside the ‘Bathurst Bubble,’ the city’s Jewish community
It wasn’t as big as Batman, but ‘Mendy and the Golem’ gave Jewish kids a taste of pop culture—with a rabbinical seal of approval
Egypt’s famous comic actor was on trial this week for offending Islam. But for Israeli kids, he was a beloved face on state TV’s weekly Arab Movie.
The Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy is being smeared as an imperialist for calling out gender apartheid in the Mideast. She’s dead right.
Bauhaus, bookstores, opinionated people, and strong coffee: On Israel Independence Day, a Tel Aviv-born artist captures the scenes of her native city
The Russian-Jewish indie star headlines a benefit for HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, an aging philanthropy seeking new attention
Israel’s *other* demographic timebomb
A new film, 400 Miles to Freedom, follows Ethiopian immigrants who long to move to the Jewish state but find unexpected barriers upon arriving there
Can a gritty Haifa street-art collective bring its wild Israeli style to the chic London galleries inhabited by D*face, JR, and Banksy?
A vocal majority of evangelical Christians are zealous supporters of Israel. But a growing movement seeks to align them with the Palestinian cause.
The world powers will try to persuade Iran to halt its nuclear program in talks set for this weekend. A look at what to expect from the Istanbul confab.
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Diplomacy has failed in Syria. What next?
Obama has bullied the Jewish state more than any president in history, according to op-ed pages and partisans. They said the same about Reagan.
Israel’s minister of the interior responds unjustly to controversial poem
Israeli authorities will begin to deport South Sudanese refugees once Passover ends—unless the holiday’s message of freedom changes their minds
The Israeli novelist and liberal icon regularly disparages Diaspora Jews. So, why do Americans still give him an ear, and a platform?
Chabad crashes Comic-Con
New York, NYRB and Andrew Sullivan promulgate problematic claim
Nalan Al Sarraj describes the devastation on the ground
An excerpt from Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish
The Shallowest, Least Thoughtful Commentators of the Week
An excerpt from I Thought I Meant More to You Than That, by Cynthia Orgel
Rips into Hamas, Selena Gomez
After seven years in Portland, departing with a mix of sadness and hope
We’re hiring two paid, part-time editorial interns
How one shy, whistle-blowing intern in an Amsterdam archive uncovered a travesty that insulted a decimated community
Two economists argue that literacy, not laws forbidding land ownership, created a small, widely dispersed and highly skilled minority