The Pugilist

Friends and Politics, Part 3: Norman Podhoretz. The neoconservative icon and I weren’t personally close, but we shared a more important bond, over the struggle to defend Israel and American Jewry.

The Socialist

Friends and Politics, Part 2: Irving Howe. The prominent critic and I worked on Yiddish translations together, but a dispute over Israel and its Arab neighbors ruptured our relationship—until we reconnected over literature.

The Novelist

Friends and Politics, Part 1: Saul Bellow. The Nobel Prize-winner and I shared a love of literature and of Yiddish, but our friendship was tested by decades-long disagreements over politics.

Québec Days

Today on Tablet

Aux Armes

A recent series of anti-Semitic attacks in Montreal hints at a new kind of internationally influenced hate crime in Quebec, a semi-autonomous province with a wave of Muslim immigrants

Double Bill

Black Swan and Barney’s Version can both be seen as grappling with how to portray Jewishness onscreen. One succeeds; the other fails.

In Its Prime

Recalling the heyday of the Romanian-Jewish steakhouse

Oh, Canada

Why anti-Zionism festers in a country otherwise known for its friendliness

Montreal Police Test Holocaust Soap

Not of the clean variety

Sundown: Tanks Enter Gaza

Plus dirty soup, matzo (basket)ball, and more

A Montreal Jewish Deli Grows in Brooklyn

We head to Mile End

Sundown: This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Bagels

Plus A’jad in Damascus, Madoff by any other name, and more

Sundown: Polanski’s Awesome New Prison

Plus smoked meat in a pastrami town

Bagel Wars!

The New York-Montreal deathmatch

Canada’s Conservatives Suggest Liberals Are Anti-Semites

Or so Liberal leaders claim

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