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Does The New York Times Obituary Section Have a Jewish Problem?

Sheila Michaels, the trailblazing feminist who passed away recently, is only the latest notable Member of the Tribe whose ethnic and religious identity was erased by the Paper of Record

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In Appreciation of Jean Stein

The American author, journalist, and oral historian died this week at the age of 83

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Political Theorist Benjamin Barber Dies at 77

Barber’s prescient book ‘Jihad vs. McWorld’ put into perspective some of the forces that led to the attacks of 9/11

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Gustav Metzger, Pioneer of ‘Auto-Destructive Art’, Dies at 90

In 1939, Metzger escaped the Nazis on a Kindertransport. His radical anti-art, or ‘aesthetics of revulsion,’ often dealt with the rejection of power.

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Iconic Israeli Photographer David Rubinger Dies at 92

For over 60 years, Rubinger captured modern Israel life—its leaders, wars, and people, including an everlasting image of three IDF paratroopers looking at the Western Wall after its recapture

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An Inspiration in the Kitchen

Pearl Nathan, the mother of Tablet food columnist Joan Nathan, dies at 103

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Rabbi Herman Schaalman, Longtime Reform-Movement Leader, Dies at 100

The German-Jewish immigrant was married for 76 years and served Chicago’s Emanuel Congregation for 30 years, serving as an educator well into his retirement

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Independent Woman

Why the death of Mary Tyler Moore—who portrayed an independent woman with a fulfilling life on her titular sitcom—matters now more than ever

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A Tribute to Yaakov Ne’eman

Remembering the life of my friend and colleague—a professor and attorney who served as Israeli’s Justice and Finance Minister

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Remembering Solomon Levy, a Rock in Gibraltar’s Jewish Community

I am forever grateful to ‘Momy,’ as he was known, because he helped launch my career years ago. But it was his lifelong devotion to Gibraltar that will last for generations to come.

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Farewell, Zsa Zsa Gabor. You Were a One-of-a-Kind Delight.

The actress and socialite is dead at the age of 99

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The Moment Steven Hill Knew He Had to Become Closer to His Jewish Faith

Hill, who died this week at the age of 94, once asked himself: ‘Was I born just to memorize lines?’

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Sculptor Ernst Neizvestny, Who Challenged the Soviet Regime, Dies at 91

‘A great independent and irreverent spirit and a moralizing political dissident in the great Russian tradition’

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Remembering Abner Mikva, a Politician, Judge, Teacher, and Mentor to President Obama

A Chicagoan whose parents spoke Yiddish, Mikva received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014 for a lifetime of public service. He died on July 4.

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Actor Anton Yelchin, the Son of Russian Refugees, Dies at 27

Best known for his role as Chekov in the ‘Star Trek’ movies, Yelchin wore a hamsa and Star of David around his neck

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Remembering the Razzamatazz of David Gest

From his wedding to Liza Minnelli to a star turn on reality TV, David Gest was nothing if entertaining

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Who We Lost in 2015

Remembering ‘The Simpsons’ co-creator Sam Simon, Living Theater co-creator Judith Malina, Amazon.com’s most prolific book reviewer Harriet Klausner, and many more

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Merchandising Maven Lillian Vernon Dies at 88

The American entrepreneur and founder of a hugely successful mail order business was the first female owner of a company listed on the American Stock Exchange

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Saying Goodbye To Allan Kornblum

Remembering the founder of Coffee House Press, who passed away Sunday

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Farewell to Fouad Ajami, Great Scholar of the Arabs, Truth-Teller, My Mo’allem

A former student remembers the influential scholar and expert in Arab history, who died this week at age 68

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The Deep Jewish Roots of Television’s Caesar

The late, great comedian’s ‘Your Show of Shows’ tried to pass in postwar, assimilationist America

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In a Previously Unpublished Letter, Sam Bronfman Gives Advice to His 13-year-old Son

As Edgar Bronfman is eulogized in Manhattan, looking back to a Jewish coming of age in a time of war and sorrow

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Ariel Sharon: 1928-2014

One of Israel’s legendary military commanders and most influential politicians leaves a legacy that was nearly great

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I’ll Miss You, Madiba: One Jewish South African on the Moment Mandela Walked Free

The country and the world came to a standstill then. Can his death inspire a similar momentum for change?

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All That Is Solid Melts Into Berman: The Unkempt Emperor of New York Intellectuals

The late political theorist, Marxist philosopher, and urbanist, who died this year, was my teacher and spiritual guide

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Israel’s Kurt Cobain Turned Religious Doubt and Mental Illness Into Haunting Music

Gabriel Balachsan, found dead this week at age 37, turned a troubled interior life into powerful art

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Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012)

The widely-celebrated composer was 68.

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Mr. Israel

Rafael Halperin—who died last month—was an ordained rabbi, an ambitious businessman, and a middling politician. He was also a professional wrestler.

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Exegesis

Jeanette Ingberman—the co-founder of New York’s Exit Art gallery, who died last week—brought a Talmudic sensibility to avant-garde art

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