Simon Schama Discusses His New Documentary

The Story of the Jews, a five-part TV series, premieres this week on PBS

L.A. Rabbi Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges; Israel Ups Defense Budget

Plus $1,000 to observe Shabbat, and more in the news

The Love Affair Between American Presidents and Jewish Artists, and Why It May Be Over

The historical relationship—and the proximity to power it afforded—enabled wider acceptance of Jews in America

Sundown: A Tribute to the Hizzoner

Plus Hagel gets mixed reviews on performance at hearing

Bobby Fischer vs. The Rebbe

The chess genius denied he was a Jew, but the Lubavitcher Rebbe disagreed. Who was right?

Herman Wouk’s Last Shot

With The Lawgiver, the best-selling novelist takes another stab at the kind of Hollywood fame he’s always coveted

Daniel Pearl, a Novel

Joshua Henkin’s seductive The World Without You transforms recent headlines into intimate family drama

Your Oscar Cheat Sheet

Here’s what to root for

Sentimental Journey

In the new collected stories of Nathan Englander, and in his revised Haggadah, Jews cling tenuously to the easily broken chains of tradition

One for All

Agenda: Sol Lewitt and Talmudic debate in New York, Jonathan Safran Foer reinterpreted in North Carolina, Chagall in Canada, and more

Fear Factor

Erica Jong’s classic novel about passion, sex, and the true self has something to teach contemporary writers who have lost their humanity

On the Bookshelf

From the classic to the newfangled: haggadahs for Seders of every shape, size, and stripe

‘We Swat, We Sweat Together’

Your best ping pong haikus

Jews Who Booze

Match a drink to a novelist

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