How did Mohamed Merah happen? In the third of a five-part series on anti-Semitism in France, the roots of the Toulouse gunman.
A week visiting my family in Israel
Shmuley Boteach—rabbi, sexpert, Michael Jackson pal—has led many lives. But none of them can obliterate his past.
A visit to Roubaix, home of alleged Jewish Museum killer Mehdi Nemmouche. Second of a five-part series on anti-Semitism in France.
Twenty years after his death, the legacy of the Lubavitcher leader—‘the Prince of our generation’—is still a matter of heated debate
Tablet Original Fiction: a scientist chases a meteorite, and finds a message from God
The late Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum and his disciples’ interpretation of his decisions and actions during the Holocaust
The terrible cost of Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum’s life and actions during the Holocaust, and his later extremism
In the first of a five-part series on growing anti-Semitism in France, an intimate look at the alleged Brussels Jewish museum shooter
Tablet Original Fiction: a mansion, a storm, and a poolside shattering
In search of the traces of my refugee transit camp in Vienna, on my way to America
Two new biographies attempt to describe the Chabad leader, but can we ever fathom his ultimate aloneness?
From Paris to Benghazi to Dhaka to Kiev, France’s most prominent, and tireless, public philosopher is also its de facto statesman
How an academic field—marked by petty fighting, misguided ideological debates, and personal proximity to tragedy—doomed itself
An explosive debate erupts from footnotes suggesting that Ashkenazi Jews are Europeans
The French film festival goes raw on depictions of incest, murder, DSK, Ukraine, Timbuktu, and stardom
The fight over alleged war crimes from 1948 is a window into the kaleidoscopic nature of history and memory in Israeli culture
Beer and loafing in Las Vegas, on the heels of the everyman star of the new stoner man-child comedy ‘Neighbors’
Outsider jazz great Allen Lowe scorns his neighbors, argues endlessly with himself
When one teen began bingeing and purging, there were places she could go, but her mother felt she had nowhere to turn
Twenty years after the capture of Erich Priebke, some in Bariloche are trying to come to terms with the city’s legacy of silence
Headlining Knoxville’s Big Ears avant-garde music festival, the composer passes a baton to Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood
Tablet Original Fiction: An IDF soldier takes a strange dare, and brings the battlefield home
Books fraught with danger—curses, secrets, marvelous cures, diviners, demons—caused political intrigue and censorship
In David Grand’s atmospheric new novel set in pre-Hollywood Los Angeles, a man can’t outrun his dark New York past
The Torah-observant gentiles of the Hebrew Roots movement get circumcised, lay tefillin, and grow peyos
Watch this presentation: We say people must remember the Holocaust in the future, but we’re ignoring its victims today.
The great Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb records the first days after her liberation, in a stunning document of survival
An investigation into ‘Antichrist Kramer,’ SSP Records, and other labels suggests a history of real-world violence and bigotry
The Council of Four Lands was the central body of Jewish autonomy in Poland for nearly two centuries. What went wrong?