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Simon Schama Discusses His New Documentary

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

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

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

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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

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Sundown: A Tribute to the Hizzoner

Plus Hagel gets mixed reviews on performance at hearing

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Bobby Fischer vs. The Rebbe

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

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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

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Daniel Pearl, a Novel

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

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Your Oscar Cheat Sheet

Here’s what to root for

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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

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One for All

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

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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

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On the Bookshelf

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

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‘We Swat, We Sweat Together’

Your best ping pong haikus

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Jews Who Booze

Match a drink to a novelist

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Today on Tablet

All about J Street, and more

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Plucky Move

A picture of his Polish grandfather’s mandolin orchestra inspired Avner Yonai to start his own

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On the Bookshelf

Romantics, old and new

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Hello, Wilbur

If we love adorable animals in children’s books, are we ethically obliged to raise our kids vegetarian?

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Party Tonight for the Next (or Last?) Great Jewish Novel

By Tablet columnist Joshua Cohen

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Platonic Form

What makes the seder night different? Its Greek roots.

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On the Bookshelf

Integration, emancipation, and a defense of our four-legged friends

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Sundown: Comic Stylings of the Brothers Foer

A Jewish helpline, eating right, and Crocs nixed

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A Novel Ending

Liev Schreiber pulls a switch on Everything Is Illuminated