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My Great-Grandfather, the Jewish Cowboy

While I was doing research for a book about my great-grandmother’s murder, I discovered stories I’d never heard about my great-grandfather—stories of gambling, wild horses, organized crime, and a forgotten slice of Jewish life on the Canadian prairies

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Birth of the Cool Guy

What lies beneath the surface of his performative feminism?

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From ‘Y’ to ‘J’: The History of Jewish Community Centers

How YMHAs, followed by synagogue-centers, and finally JCCs have tried—in different ways—to balance Judaism and Jewishness, by bringing Jews together in intellectual, spiritual, and physical pursuits

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The Immortal Mind of Nathan Glazer

‘Nat’ to his friends, Glazer, who died Saturday at 95, was among the last of the original New York intellectuals and a remarkable thinker who never lost touch with how ideas affected real people’s lives

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Fun in the Sun With the Israeli-American Lobby

Israeli-Americans, once shunned by the homeland and marginal in domestic politics, are becoming more influential and injecting new optimism into the often dour world of American-Jewish political organizations

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Understanding ‘Nofuzophobia’

The roots and legacy of Iranian resentment of the West, part of a weeklong look at 40 years of the revolution

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Reinhold Niebuhr’s Zionism

The philo-Semitism of an influential American pastor who inspired Martin Luther King Jr., and the role of civil rights in the Jewish cause for nationhood

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The Encounter

‘Excuse me … I think I know you … we’ve met somewhere before …’

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Writing Her Revolt

In the 40 years after the Iranian Revolution, some women memoirists came to see obedience as the opposite of goodness