You can be a proud Jew on the gridiron, not only in shul

I want to observe Judaism’s holiest day, but also protest against the terror I’ve been feeling since Trump’s election. Thankfully, there’s a compromise.

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A Far-Right Party Just Became the Third-Largest Force in the German Bundestag. Here’s What It Means.

German politics just went from being reassuringly boring to ominously contentious

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Illinois Gubernatorial Hopeful Drops Running Mate Over Support for BDS

Daniel Biss bids adieu to Carlos Ramirez-Rosa after the latter changes his mind on singling out the Jewish State for criticism

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Valerie Plame’s Real Blunder

Forget the hysterics and the apologies: The former CIA agent had the temerity to express an all-too-common view about nefarious Jewish influence over American politics.

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False Idols

Talmudic rabbis disagree on whether the action or the intention of veneration or protest is more important. Plus: Is magic holy?

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Picture Books for Parents Who Are Ambivalent About Israel

How to teach children about the Jewish State without cheerleading for Israel

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Lost and Found on the Lower East Side

Photographers Janet Russek and David Scheinbaum document what remains of the old Jewish neighborhood

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Kurdistan, the New Israel?

As Iraqi Kurds put independence to a referendum on Monday, the Arab world works to quash the statehood aspirations of the Western-friendly nation

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John Kerry Was Right About Terrorism in 2004, and Donald Trump And His Generals Are Wrong

‘Afghanistan is the swamp and Trump now owns it’

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Democratic and Republican Elites Are Using Trump to Whitewash 16 Years of Foreign-Policy Disasters

Successive two-term administrations made a mess of the Middle East. Who will clean up?

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A Discourse on Love, by Deepthinker Whatshisname

Bookworm: Alain de Botton teaches ‘The Course of Love,’ but why?

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Elisheva Bikhovsky, One of the Greatest Poets in the Modern Hebrew Language, Wasn’t Jewish

A casualty of a naïve belief in Israel’s potential to adopt a secular Hebrew culture beyond Judaism’s defining religious difference, the Russian-born writer was also revived as a feminist icon in the 1970s

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The Settler Nakba and the Rise of Post-Modern Post-Zionist Religious Ideology on the West Bank

To better understand the settler movement today, look to new thinkers like Rav Shagar, not the foundational minds of Ravs Kook, Amital, and Lichtenstein