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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.

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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.

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No Mr. Nice Guy: Lou Reed

On the late Lou Reed’s 69th birthday, Elizabeth Wurtzel explained that contrary to the assertions of Philip Roth and others, the problem with Jewish male artists is not that they are too nice

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Jazz Standards

Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen, a master of expressive improvisation, leads a talented wave of expatriate musicians flooding the New York jazz scene

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Home Front

Is it wrong to build publicly subsidized housing designed for New York’s ultra-Orthodox community?

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Rebooth

Sukkah City, in New York’s Union Square, was my attempt to bring Sukkot the attention it deserves

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Daybreak: Direct Talks! September!

Plus Israel may have more time with Iran, and more in the news

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Survivor

There are thousands of destitute Holocaust survivors living in the New York area

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Punk in the Beerlight

David Berman and his father’s sins

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Ground Zero for a Fight

Cordoba House is like a JCC for Muslims

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Unholy Roller

Real-life Orthodox drug kingpin arrested

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‘Hipsters and Hasids’ Finds Parallels Between Two Worlds

Exhibit by Brooklyn artist on display now

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A Death in the Family

The 19th-century murder scandal that ended the reign of New York’s Sephardic aristocracy

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Top Latkes

The five best potato pancakes in New York City

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Did NYC’s Transit Dept Strike a Backroom Deal with Satmars?

Bike lane disappears in Brooklyn after months of Hasidic complaints

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Bagel Wars!

The New York-Montreal deathmatch

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Sundown: Shul for School

Plus a break for Baltimore’s Jewish paper, Yiddish flu-prevention, and more

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Daybreak: Hymietown No More?

The end of New York’s Jewish voting bloc, plus Israel on Iran, a Chinese shift on Goldstone, and more in the news

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Sundown: Hebrew’s Not Just for Jews

A starving school, an appetite for Israel, and the finer points of slaughter

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Sundown: One Last KISS?

N.Y. pols abandon J Street, a rough pageant, and a would-be Jewish state

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Sundown: Shop ’n’ Pray

Perennial prize-winners, fear of Christ, and Gibson’s luck

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Sukkot to Go

In New York City, the holiday huts come to you

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New York, You Deserve Better

But Natalie Portman shines in new film

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Museum Lists Most Influential New Yorkers

And a quarter of them are Jews

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Daybreak: Gates Encourages Arab Arms Race

No ‘Intifada’ in NYC, ugly Croatian soccer chants

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Upstairs Downstairs

A Manhattan couple repairs the world—five kids at a time

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Assimilated

On a lifetime of being thought Jewish

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Uncle Bloomberg Wants YOU

Mayor seeks campaign workers. Yiddish preferred.

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Sundown: Israel Practices Self-Defense

Madonna the columnist, the Coen Bros., and more