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More Jewish Mysticism to Ward Off Demons on Television, Please

In Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful,’ a tallit is used for protection

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My Teacher’s Son: A Memoir of Heresy Is Marked By a Father’s Unnerving Piety

In and out of the fold of ultra-Orthodoxy, Shulem Deen and his father Dovid both pursued honest religious feeling

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Better Sex Through Kabbalah

Luba Saraswati Evans-Zion blends Jewish mysticism with Tantric meditation to help people connect to their bodies

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Ariana Grande Credits Kabbalah for her Success

The bubbly pop star embraced the Jewish mystical practice as a teen

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The Clinging

Tablet Fiction: An evil spirit has entered a living person. Can the Rabbi perform a Jewish exorcism?

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The Bathtub Kabbalah of J.D. Salinger

Two new biographical sketches depict the great recluse as agent of growth, emblem of permanent adolescence, and cipher

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Madonna’s Homeless Brother Dishes on the Pop Queen’s Childhood Passover Seders

Exclusive footage of Anthony Ciccone singing his sister’s hit ‘Like a Prayer’: ‘It means something to me,’ he says

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Master Critic Harold Bloom Likes This Poet. A Lot.

The great Yale literary scholar introduces new poetry by Peter Cole, in ‘The Invention of Influence’

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A New Novel Brings Ghosts, Geeks, and Golems to Sleepover Camp

First-time novelist Ari Goelman faces tough questions from an 11-year-old fantasy fiction aficionado and summer-camp devotee

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A Jew Talks Sit

How meditation helped me unplug from my chaotic life and connect with Judaism

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Sundown: Jordan Inflamed

Plus UCSD controversy, the new face of Jewish Germany, and more

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Keeper of the Flame

Experimental-fiction king Ben Marcus, the son of a Jewish father and an Irish Catholic mother, may be the best Jewish writer in America

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Daybreak: Ramadan Will Heat Up Syria

Plus, Kabbalah guru killed, circumcision ban rolled back, and more in the news

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About Time: How Early Modern European Calendars Changed Jewish Conceptions of Time

A vivid new scholarly book illuminates how the calendars of early modern Europe—playful, alive, and beautifully designed—reflected and transformed Jewish conceptions of time

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LeBron Consults Shady Kabbalist Rabbi

In related news, I hate LeBron

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Sundown: Obama Turns from The Peace Process

Plus the awesome all-female IDF unit, and more

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Sundown: J Street Takes on Solow

Plus a newly uncovered rejection letter, and more in the news

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‘Night’ in 60 Seconds

An introduction to Wiesel’s Holocaust masterpiece

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Word Play

What the French novelist Georges Perec owed to the kabbalistic tradition

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Sundown: Madonna, a Rabbi, and Jesus Walk into a Tomb

Exodus to cable, kosher ovens, and a bar becomes a mitzvah

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Madonna Is Over the Borderline

And into Israel, seeing sights, meeting with pols, and bugging a kabbalah macher.

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Plane Song

Rabbis and kabbalists take a ‘prayer flight’ over Israel to stop swine flu

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Madonna’s First Israeli Column

Has zeal of the sort-of converted

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Sundown: Israel Practices Self-Defense

Madonna the columnist, the Coen Bros., and more

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The Kabbalist and The ‘Birther’

A tale of two crazy Bergs

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Michael Jackson, z”l

Notes on the passing of a star

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It Came from Auschwitz

The Exorcist meets The Dybbuk in The Unborn

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In the Spirit

If you’ve never understood Kabbalah, music might be the way in

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Sole Searching

A new book gets to the bottom of what we put on our feet

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Radical Mystic

A onetime scientist’s progression from atheism to spiritualism

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