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Bloomberg Pays it Forward

Through Genesis awards, former NY mayor grants “ideas that would measurably better people’s lives”

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A Eulogy for Vladimir Slepak

Natan Sharansky remembers his ‘loyal and dependable friend,’ Jewish refusenik and leader, who died yesterday

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David Bezmozgis’ Brilliant Alt-History of an Adulterous Sharansky Who Never Was

New novel ‘The Betrayers’ boldly places at its center the most famous refusenik and all he represents for Soviet Jewry

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The View From the Kotel’s Egalitarian Plaza

How the new structure advances the debate over prayer at the Western Wall

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Court Ruling Makes Sharansky Kotel Plan Moot

The problem is that the problems will likely continue

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Daybreak: Syria’s Got Some Nerve (Gas)

Plus Bibi signs off on Sharansky’s new plan for the Western Wall

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Sharansky Defends Women’s Prayer at Kotel

The Jewish Agency chief promises that no arrests will be made

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Breaking: President Obama to Make Aliyah

Nefesh b’Nefesh stages its biggest coup yet

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How We Freed Soviet Jewry

Twenty-five years ago today, a rally of 250,000 people changed the fate of Jews worldwide. An oral history.

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Solidarity

The successful movement to save Soviet Jewry offers some valuable lessons for Iranian Americans seeking democracy in the Islamic Republic

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Moving On

The movement to free Gilad Shalit, the long-captive IDF soldier soon coming home, was a necessary precursor to this summer’s protests in Israel

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Sundown: Assad Threatens Israeli Cities

Plus, Iranian nukes, Noah Baumbach on Noah (as in Ark), and more

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Bibi’s Brain: Meet Ron Dermer, Israel’s new ambassador to the U.S.

Ron Dermer, a Florida-born Jew who started in politics working on the 1994 Republican Revolution, is Benjamin Netanyahu’s most influential aide.

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Sundown: Tearing Down the Bil’in Wall

Plus, Sharansky on Bonner, Bachman on Benedikt, and more

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Sundown: A Unified Palestine?

Plus Oren stands up for Israel, and more in the news

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Dissonance

Yigal Amir assassinated Yitzhak Rabin 15 years ago in an effort to derail the Oslo peace accords. Now his wife, a Russian émigré, is trying to turn him into a heroic Soviet-style political prisoner.

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Harder Than Your Hanukkah

Today on Tablet

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Camp Fire

In his memoir, the famous refusenik remembered celebrating Hanukkah in the Soviet Gulag

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Russian Arc

Yuli Edelstein, Israel’s minister of Public Affairs and the Diaspora, says Russian Jews, contrary to belief, vote with the Israeli mainstream

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Last Exit

In Gal Beckerman’s telling, the story of the Soviet Jewry movement becomes one of modern Jewish history’s great dramas

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Back in the USSR

Gal Beckerman recalls the Struggle for Soviet Jewry, which reinvigorated a tradition of Jewish political engagement

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Daybreak: Anti-Semitism at Post-Holocaust High

Plus bin Laden cites Israel, Bibi claims ‘eternal’ settlements, and more in the news

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Israeli Attains New Chess High

And Sharansky checkmates boxer Salita

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Daybreak: Don’t Mention The Weapons

Plus, Harvard Holocaust denial and Sharansky on that ad

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Daybreak: First Hearing for Museum Shooter

Good reasons for low hopes in the Mideast, and more in the news