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In Praise of Hate

Simone de Beauvoir, commenting on the troubling case of executed French collaborationist Robert Brasillach, argued that the emotion has its civil and judicial uses. Now, 75 years after the liberation of Paris, is she right?

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America’s Albert Cohen Moment

Is the Greek-born French Jewish author and diplomat a hapless romantic or a man with a message for our times?

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A Misunderstanding About Anti-Semitism

Not a disease, but a human reaction to an anomaly

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Is the U.S. Constitution Pro-Slavery?

Sean Wilentz says it’s complicated

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The Wandering Star of Yiddish Lit

Debora Vogel was a brilliant multilingual poet and aesthete who is best known as the muse of Bruno Schulz. But her work deserves a reading—in German, Polish, Hebrew, and especially Yiddish.

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How the Jews Ruined Anti-Semitism

Why Jewish self-determination is inconvenient to the aims of hate

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The Normal Anti-Semite

Why so often in history has it been permissible to speak in disparaging ways about entire subsections of humanity, and why does it seem to be that way again?

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The Left’s Race War

There are some very bad people on both sides of the race obsession

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Who Owns Israel’s History?

A former state archivist on the dispute over the first draft of the Declaration of Independence

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Obama’s Genocides

Five years after the Islamic State’s massacre of Yazidis in Sinjar, Iraq, it seems harder than ever to get Western leaders to live up to protecting minority ethnic or religious groups from extinction in the Middle East

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Are Hymns Treyf?

Lift up your voice and sing, kosher soul

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Primo Levi’s Comedy of Hell

The chemist and survivor—author of the most necessary of all books about the Shoah—would have turned 100 today

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Should American Jews Speak Hebrew?

Israeli Jews and diaspora Jews: one people divided by a common tongue

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Russians in the Catskills

Wet hot ‘amerikanski’ summer

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The Jewish People’s School of Montreal

A memoir of one of North America’s first and most enduring day schools, and where those kids ended up

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The Freud Rabbit

Sarah Boxer’s whimsical cartoon novel puts a bestiary of human frailty on the psychoanalytic couch

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My Father’s House

Showcase of a Zionist dream

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Alan Lomax and the Search for the Origins of Music

Seventeen years after his death, can the anthropologist, ethnomusicologist, and folklorist who changed what America listened to overcome his original sin?

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‘Prairie Fire’ Memories

What does the Weather Underground’s 45-year-old manifesto have to tell us today?

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The Ashkenazi Quarrel

Why can’t Jews get along with each other?

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Robert Oppenheimer’s Jewishness

74 years to the day after the Trinity nuclear test ushered in the nuclear age, are we any closer to knowing the men who carried the moral burden of the world on their shoulders? Louisa Hall’s recent novel spins out some ideas.

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The Nazi Who Saved the Lubavitcher Rebbe

The surprising story of how the sixth Chabad rabbi made it out of Warsaw

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Transgendering Stonewall

The intersectional left revises the history of the gay rights struggle in service of a political agenda that finds virtue in marginalization

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Russian Jewish Burning Man

JetLAG, the largest open-air Russian music gathering in the United States, is an archipelago of post-Soviet affinity groups nestled on the banks of the Делавэр River in the Catskills

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Pankaj Mishra’s Moral Mishmash

What are intellectuals for, anyway?

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The Brilliance of Batya Gur, Israel’s Greatest Detective Author

The late writer’s best work reflects the larger anxieties of a society trying to shield its founding ideals against threats from hostile populations

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Jules Feiffer’s 4th of July

The American Follies

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Should We Love Our Country?

Fourth of July ruminations on the nation-state and the state of the nation

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The South’s Greatest Jewish Poet Strikes Zen Gold

A visit with Hank Lazer in Tuscaloosa, wondering ‘what is a Jew doing here’

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Trans Mossad Spy Identifies Neo-Nazi ‘Konrad’ From Tablet Article

Agents disguised as German skinheads intercepted and disarmed bombs intended to harm Munich Jews in 1986

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