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Abraham Lincoln’s Other Minority

Historian Jonathan Sarna discusses the Great Emancipator’s ties to a chiropodist, military men, and other Jews

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Should We Forgive General Grant?

A historical debate hatches in New York

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Gen. Grant’s Expulsion of the Jews

Looking at the infamous Civil War edict

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The Classic Kiddush Trio

How schnapps, herring, and bowtie cookies became standard fare in shul—and why they’re making a comeback

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New York’s Pro-Slavery Rabbi

Congregants gathering at the famously liberal B’nai Jeshurun may not know about a dark chapter in its past

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When President Obama Extolled the Jews

The President turned to Nextbook Press’ author for his speech

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General Frenemy

In 1862, Ulysses S. Grant issued an order expelling all Jews from his territory. Turns out, that was a good thing. Historian Jonathan Sarna explains.

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Let’s Read ‘General Grant’!

Introducing Scroll Book Club

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The Jewish Vote and the Nagging Question of Dual Loyalty

Charges have dogged American Jews since the 1868 election, as Jonathan Sarna explains in ‘When General Grant Expelled the Jews’

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When Haman Wore the Union Blues

An excerpt from new release When General Grant Expelled The Jews

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Sundown: Palestinian Stations Raided

Plus meh, and meh

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Happy Birthday, President Lincoln

Former president appears in forthcoming Nextbook Press book

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How Jewish Is Lady Grantham?

Jonathan Sarna weighs in on 19th century Cincinnati Jewry

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Bridgetown

A new Federation census doubled the Jewish population of Portland, Ore., overnight. Now the question is who they are and how to connect with them.

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Where Jews Stood on Slavery

The Civil War divded more than just North and South

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On the Bookshelf

Shifting foundations: of five-legged tables and other theories of Jewish identity

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Rebooth

Sukkah City, in New York’s Union Square, was my attempt to bring Sukkot the attention it deserves

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Parts of the Whole

In the reflective period of the High Holidays, Tablet Magazine—together with rabbis and writers—considers the debate over Jewish identity and makes an argument for inclusiveness

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When Grant Expelled the Jews

Coming in 2011

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Field Study: Why Shavuot is All But Ignored Across America

The holiday is a favorite among scholars, but is it too abstract to become popular among all but the most engaged or observant Jews?

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Smiling From The $50 Bill

The case for Ulysses S. Grant

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Founding Father

America’s patron saint isn’t Washington or Lincoln, a new book argues—it’s Moses