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The Best Fake Kabbalah in Japan

How the Shin Megami Tensei games make appropriating Jewish culture fun.

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‘Sefer Yesira,’ the Story of a Text in Search of Commentary

An ancient, tiny book cataloging the components of the cosmos: was it magic, Kabbalah, a philosophical treatise, or something else?

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All Those TV Remakes Are Good for Your Soul. Seriously.

This fall season, Hollywood finally catches up with kabbalistic notions of repetition and reincarnation, giving us all one more shot at working through the stories of our lives

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My State of Graceland

What Rabbi Elvis taught me about myself and God

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The History of a Karaite Rabbi in Eastern Europe

The story of Simhah Isaac Lutski helps explain how Karaite Jews retained their communal and doctrinal coherence amid other competing, more ‘European’ forms of Judaism

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Sarmad the Magnificently Naked 17th-Century Jewish Mystic

Jewish engagement with non-Western faiths is much older than any recent ‘JuBu’ fad

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Can Islam Be More Jewish?

In his new book ‘What Is Islam?,’ the late scholar Shahab Ahmed asks if it’s time to return to an idea of the religion that prizes more than just the Quran

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No Glory for the Clean-Shaven

Is there a deeper, Kabbalah-inspired meaning behind the playoff beard?

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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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