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Harder Than Your Hanukkah

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Old Ways

Soviet Jews survived by gaming the system, so it’s no surprise some felt entitled to fraudulently claim reparations from Germany

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National Insecurity: The Case for Jonathan Pollard

American Jews haven’t stood up for Jonathan Pollard. That might finally be changing.

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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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Anti-Anti-Semitism

World Without Nazism is a Kremlin-flavored Anti-Defamation League for the post-Soviet realm—but is it good for Jews?

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Mountain Jews

Despite diminishing numbers, a historical Jewish community thrives in Azerbaijan

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Abraham Cahan Speaks

On his 150th birthday, an imaginary interview with the founding editor of the ‘Jewish Daily Forward’

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Bomb Proof

The 1967 Soviet-Egyptian intervention in Israel is a lesson in how not to block a Mideast bomb

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The Holocaust in Russia, Photographed

The Soviet Union obscured victims’ Jewishness

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Today in Tablet

A very Ladino Hanukkah, a very Latvian Hanukkah, and more

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Beyond Berlin

A Cold War anniversary reminds us not to take history for granted

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Oni the Lonely

Why the philo-Semitic Republic of Georgia has no Jews

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In God She Trusts

Regina Spektor’s new album finds the human in the divine

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Festival of Candles

Celebrating Hanukkah—and my grandfather’s birthday—whether behind drawn curtains in Latvia or openly in Canada

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From Bukhara With Love

The music of central Asia by way of Queen

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Hidden Sympathies

A dubious portrait of Shostakovich as dissident has been debunked, but motifs in his work underscore his discord with Soviet power.

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