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Rocco the Hockey-Playing Jew Meets Sugar Land, Texas

The first stop on a possible rise to the major leagues for a kid from Heschel? The wilds of suburban Houston.

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Lakewood Cops Lend a Hand During Shabbat

Police now turn on lights, pick up meds for N.J. town’s Orthodox residents

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No One Wants to Buy Hitler’s Toilet

While the strange artifact is technically for sale, no offers have ever been made

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Mayor Steven Fulop Aims to Reinvent Jersey City

Buzz surrounds the new mayor–a Goldman Sachs alum and Iraq War vet

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My Grandfather’s Transistor Radio Became a Lifeline During Hurricane Sandy

That radio bonded me to my grandfather, and to God, when I was a child. Decades later, it helped keep my family safe during a disaster.

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Golda Meir: Cory Booker’s Ghostwriter?

In his Senate victory speech, Cory Booker cribbed from the prime minister

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My First Tough Mudder Competition

The grueling physical challenge was everything my DNA says I should avoid

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Hobby Lobby Head Likes Jewish Prayer Books, Jewish Holidays Not So Much

David Green owns the world’s oldest siddur, won’t stock Hanukkah items

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The Hidden One of N.J.: Why Dara Horn Is the Best of the New Breed of Jewish Novelists

Her fourth novel, ‘A Guide for the Perplexed,’ reanimates the past without falling into the traps of ‘Shtetlworld’ nostalgia

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King Without a Beard: The Rise and Fall and Rise of a Former Reggae Star

As Matisyahu tours on ‘Spark Seeker,’ will his pop fans snuff out the spiritual fire that lifted him to the top of the charts?

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The Ultimate Cory Booker Jewish Supercut

Video evidence that Newark’s mayor knows more Torah than you

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New Jersey Senate Candidate Cory Booker Knows His Torah. So What?

How the Newark mayor’s adopted Jewish identity—shaped by his Orthodox mentors—reflects his unique brand of politics

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Remembering Frank Lautenberg (1924-2013)

The five-term Senator and World War II vet was 89

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Frank Lautenberg Dies at 89

The longest-serving senator in New Jersey history died of viral pneumonia

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Like a Rolling Stone

Rock legend Al Kooper opens up to Princeton’s Sean Wilentz about making music with Bob Dylan, and more

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Philip Roth’s End

Reading his last novels, I longed to dispel Roth’s gloom until I realized he wants me to just sit with it

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The NBA’s Jewish Playmaker

Sandy Pyonin helped stars like Kyrie Irving and Al Harrington go pro. Why doesn’t he have a Wikipedia page?

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Mitch Albom Keeps Time

The best-selling author and sportswriter can’t outrun his Jewish New Jersey past

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Opening Night at the RNC

After too many warm-up acts, Ann Romney and Chris Christie take the stage

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Sizing Up Shmuley

A profile of Boteach the candidate

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The Last Critic

The great M.H. Abrams, peer of Trilling, teacher of Bloom, and editor of the Norton Anthology, dead at 102

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Portnoy’s Complaint, in Analysis

Hebrew University professor Bernard Avishai’s playful new critical look at Philip Roth’s 1969 classic digs deep into the novel’s neurotic passion

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Potential Veep Christie Is Favored by GOP Jews

N.J. governor, traveling in Israel, has received ample Jewish support

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The Candy Store Poet

Herschel Silverman, a poet and candy store owner from Bayonne, N.J., was immortalized and befriended by Allen Ginsberg. At 85, the beat goes on.

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Beggars on Horseback

The needy come to a New Jersey synagogue to claim their due, and the donations that result seem to flow both ways

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Vandalism Shocks New Jersey Community

Windows broken at five Jewish-owned businesses

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Last Acts: The Swan Songs of Harold Bloom and Philip Roth

In the final phase of his literary life, Harold Bloom, like Philip Roth, refuses to relinquish his vitality

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The Plot for America: Remembering Civil Rights Leader Joachim Prinz

The influential Newark rabbi was a confidante of Martin Luther King, but he’s been all but ignored by history

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Yo La Tengo’s Eternal Hanukkah

Hoboken’s own rock out with The Feelies and other friends

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