The chess genius denied he was a Jew, but the Lubavitcher Rebbe disagreed. Who was right?
Twenty-five years ago today, a rally of 250,000 people changed the fate of Jews worldwide. An oral history.
Living off of Jewish memory in old Chernowitz, once the Jerusalem of Ukraine
Nathan Englander’s revealing new play The Twenty-Seventh Man dramatizes Stalin’s murder of gifted Yiddish writers
Russian-born Julia Loktev’s haunting new The Loneliest Planet sends beautiful youth into the wilderness
New research uncovers a link between Freud’s inner circle and the Soviet atomic bomb
Stolen Kremlin records show how the Soviets, including Gorbachev, created many of today’s Middle East conflicts
A Tableteer explains why she’s taking the plunge, along with a dozen others on the bus
After World War II, Polish peasants hunted for jewels and gold amid the human remains at former Nazi death camps
Norman Eisen, an old friend of Obama’s from Harvard Law School, is bolstering the forces of liberalism as ambassador to the Czech Republic
Robert Stone’s 1998 novel Damascus Gate sets spies, cultists, and terrorists loose in the Holy Land
What else don’t we know about the Righteous Gentile?
Why this corner of the Shoah is often overlooked
Newly released from prison, the Jewish tycoon was Russia’s wealthiest oligarch – and the Kremlin’s chief critic
David Shneer’s new book on Soviet Jewish photographers and the pictures they took offers a new perspective on 20th-century history, from the Russian Revolution to the Holocaust
Tajikistan was home to thousands of Bukharan Jews, and conditions seemed right for it to stay that way. But the legacy of Soviet persecution and recent Central Asian ties to Iran have made Jewish life more difficult to maintain.
Today on Tablet
Soviet Jews survived by gaming the system, so it’s no surprise some felt entitled to fraudulently claim reparations from Germany
American Jews haven’t stood up for Jonathan Pollard. That might finally be changing.
Gal Beckerman recalls the Struggle for Soviet Jewry, which reinvigorated a tradition of Jewish political engagement
World Without Nazism is a Kremlin-flavored Anti-Defamation League for the post-Soviet realm—but is it good for Jews?
Despite diminishing numbers, a historical Jewish community thrives in Azerbaijan
On his 150th birthday, an imaginary interview with the founding editor of the ‘Jewish Daily Forward’
The 1967 Soviet-Egyptian intervention in Israel is a lesson in how not to block a Mideast bomb
The Soviet Union obscured victims’ Jewishness
A very Ladino Hanukkah, a very Latvian Hanukkah, and more
A Cold War anniversary reminds us not to take history for granted
Why the philo-Semitic Republic of Georgia has no Jews
Regina Spektor’s new album finds the human in the divine