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The Joys of Yiddish Poetry

Rokhl’s Golden City: A different take on Walt Whitman

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Fire in the Genes

In ancient times, a genetic mutation helped ensure Jewish survival. Today, it might be making you sick.

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Nesting Habits

This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ tackles the eternal problem of theodicy: If God is both good and omnipotent, why is there evil in the world?

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Ukraine’s New President Is a Jewish Comedian

Tablet’s Vladislav Davidzon gained special access to Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s enigmatic new leader who once played the president on TV. Here, Davidzon shares his impressions of Zelensky and his predictions for Ukraine’s political future.

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A Passover in Self-Imposed Exile

A doctor spends Passover in East Africa, surrounded by disease and suffering, and reflects on the tenuous balance between order and disorder, exodus and return

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Kippahs in the Crossfire

A new bill in Quebec prohibiting some public displays of religious symbols would bar observant Jews from serving in courts and classrooms

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The Tears of Quasimodo

Victor Hugo and the ideals of progress

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George Steiner, the Prophet of Progressive Anti-Semitism

Are the philosophical roots of contemporary left-wing denunciations of Israel to be found in a radical, twisted 1970s argument about the place of Jews in Western culture?

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Cities of Ice

A dispatch from frozen Harbin, where Jews once flourished—and melted away