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Are Ashkenazi Jews Descended From Khazars?

New research in the ongoing academic debate says no

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A Yom Kippur Playlist for 5774

Featuring Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and Idan Raichel

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The Quality of Hillel Halkin’s Longing

A review of Halkin’s ‘Melisande! What are Dreams?’

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Poem Love

In a recent performance of Schubert’s and Schumann’s settings of Heinrich Heine’s poetry, tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Thomas Adès excelled

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From Israel to Florida, and Back

Comment of the Week

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A New Translation of Yehuda Halevi

In a whole new font!

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Letters Lost and Found

Type designer Scott-Martin Kosofsky explains the creation of Le Bé, his new digitization of a beautiful 16th-century Hebrew typeface. It debuts in The Selected Poems of Yehuda Halevi, a Nextbook Press e-book published this week.

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Faustian Bargains

There are two stories of Germany and Jews: the culture of assimilated German Jews and the meeting of German culture with Jewish religion

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Another View of ‘Cordoba’

Does history live up to the Islamic center’s ideal?

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Why Cordoba?

The Ground Zero Islamic center was named for a period in Spanish-Muslim history that some call a golden age of tolerance

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Halkin and Wisse and Shulevitz, Oh My!

The latest ‘Jewish Review of Books’

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Jewish Review of Books on Yehuda Halevi

“Hillel Halkin has done a superb job in responding to these challenges in what is, in my view, his best book.”

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‘Yerushalayim Shel Zahav’ Today

And the song’s Yehuda Halevi connection

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We Have a Poetry Contest Winner!

Read Susan Comninos’ poem

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At Such a Time, My Eyes Can’t Hold

Your daily poetry fix

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Be Still, You Booming Surf

Your daily poetry fix

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Lord, You Are My Sole Desire

Your daily poetry fix

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Driven by Longing

Your daily poetry fix

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Has a New Flood Drowned the Land

Your daily poetry fix

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Zion! Do You Wonder

Your daily poetry fix

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Biographer Followed in Subject’s Footsteps

Hillel Halkin tells Liel Liebovitz of his ‘Halevian’ decision

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Halevi Versus Maimonides

Two authors contrast the outlooks of their subjects

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Ofra Does Her Laundry in My Tears

Your daily poetry fix

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Yehuda Halevi: The Poetry Contest

Find your inner 11th-century poet and win an iPad

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Sundown: Elijah Takes the Form of Iraq Vet

Plus no aliyah for the iPad, name games, and more

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Jerusalem Post Reviews ‘Yehuda Halevi’

“Hillel Halkin’s beautiful new biography of Halevi, the latest of the Nextbook Press Jewish Encounters series, will enchant and intrigue in equal measure.”