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The Very Jewish Love Story Behind Erich Segal’s ‘Love Story’

How the famed writer’s unrequited passion for Janet Sussman led to the era-defining best-seller, and how Segal, who died six years ago this week, never got over her

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The Death of Glucksmann

Remembering the French intellectual, a man of influential ideas

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An Undecorated Soldier

Tablet Original Fiction: Called up, and called back, for duty on the front lines of Israel Defense Force’s Northern Command

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Fabricating Palestinian Responsibility for the Nazi Genocide

How Benjamin Netanyahu could come to claim, and later retract, that the former mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Muhammad Amin al-Husayni, led Hitler to the Final Solution

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The Mystery of the Missing Jewish Books of Rome

Tracing the fate of 25,000 volumes lost to the Holocaust

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Obsession

An affair—‘the pain of creation, yet without the creation’—by the great 20th-century Brazilian writer, from the ‘Complete Stories’

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The Illusionist

Al Seckel has left the country. But the world’s greatest collector of optical illusions left some troubles behind.

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Dry

Tablet Original Fiction: ‘Ruth had always assumed she’d die a one-man virgin.’

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How One of the World’s Leading Geneticists Recovered His Family’s Stolen Legacy

Will an art restitution allow Michael Hayden to reconnect with his German roots?

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The Life and Death of Steven Sotloff, Part 1

How a freelancer’s Heaven turned into Hell: Inspired by a blend of bravery, wanderlust, and humanism, a budding journalist ventured—without the kind of institutional structure and support that would have been common a decade ago—into an inflamed Middle East.

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The Butcher of Desire; or Imagining Philip Roth

Tablet Original Fiction: Meet Phil the Kosher butcher, non-traditional writing student, counterfactual storyteller, Lothario

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Cruelty & Perversity: Postprandial Reflections on the PEN Protesters

The grim satire of the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ controversy, in context

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Facing Death

‘I don’t believe in you, “salvation,” I never have and I never will. And very soon I won’t even be.’

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To the Galilee

A new English translation of fiction by Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon, for Lag BaOmer

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My Parents’ Israel, My Apartheid

A South African goes home to Israel

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A Genius in the Attic: Secrets of a Cape Cod Dacha

Tablet original fiction, on Vladimir Nabokov’s 116th birthday

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Holy Thief

Tablet Original Fiction: a rabbi, a broken soul, and a huge wad of cash

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Becoming Moses

Michael Freund is on a mission to lead millions of self-declared Jews home to Israel. What happens if he succeeds?

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Ahlabustin, or Russians in Punta Cana

Tablet Original Fiction set in the all-inclusive resorts of the Dominican Republic

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The Lost Tribes of Israel

The Jewish state seeks to bring the Bedouin in from the desert

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In the Boxcar

Seventy people, speeding into the unknown

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Switzerland Today

A short story by Michael Chabon

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My Jewish Feminist Problem

Why my sisters can’t think straight about Israel

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Searching for the Stars

‘We were told that everybody has to watch.’ Harrowing fiction from Polish great Marek Hlasko, in a first English translation.

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The Mohel of Myshkov; Or, If Gogol Had Been a Jew

A bris gone wrong comes back to haunt Pavel Zitskovich Bitsnikov

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Israeli Historian Otto Dov Kulka Tells Auschwitz Story of a Czech Family That Never Existed

Why Holocaust accounts—and their fictions or omissions—can be a threat to the history of a complicated, tragic human reality

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Klinghoffer at the Met

John Adams’s masterpiece is about an American Jew murdered by Palestinian terrorists, but the real opera is off stage

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The Dagger of Faith in the Digital Age

A vitriolic medieval manuscript illuminates how Google is destroying the act of reading

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Twofold

For Yom Kippur, fiction by Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon, in a first English translation

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My Jewish Feminism: A Memoir

The influential writer reflects on six decades of art, worry, and Jewish Princess jokes

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