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Israel’s ‘Maktub’ Is the Best Theological Comedy on Netflix Right Now

Imagine a hybrid of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘Pulp Fiction,’ and you’ve got this delightful film

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Howard Rosenman Says F*ck You

What’s it like to be a Gay Right-Wing Zionist Liberal Oscar-Winning producer in Hollywood these days?

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Seeing God at the Skirball Center

The Taste of Israel food festival brings rockstar chefs from the Holy Land to La La Land

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Tevye Served Raw, Perchik Served Hot

Rokhl’s Golden City: Two Yiddish ‘Fiddlers’ and Funk-a-Deli

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Americans ♥ ‘Fauda,’ Israelis ♥ ‘Imposters’

A Bravo series starring Israeli actress Inbar Lavi is a con game masking something real

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Philip Roth’s Spooks

Why the story of Coleman Silk’s epic struggle to escape his roots is still the most-loved Philip Roth book in France

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Social Justice and the Future of Judaism

In ‘To Heal the World?,’ his critique of the modern Jewish left, Jonathan Neumann is not just wrong. He’s also way out of his league.

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The Diary of Anne

The very private non-Holocaust-related life of Anne Frank: teenage manga girl, tampon-marketer, European traveler, and emblem of the twin evils of war and intolerance—and the Japanese ‘culture of apology’

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Portrait of a Fat Jew

‘Flesh,’ Brigid Brophy’s reissued 1960s novel of middle-class intellectuals, is a psychosexual, art-historical, Rubenesque frolic through English anti-Semitism and suppressed sexuality

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Saul Bellow’s Nonfiction Is Pretty Bad

Bookworm: The master of fiction shares some rules for writing, then neglects to follow them himself

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People of the Book

Episode 138: Ruby Namdar on his newly translated novel, The Ruined House, and writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner on what Philip Roth taught her about being an American Jew

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Disraelia

A counterfactual history, 1848-2008

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In Memory of Isaiah Berlin

Why there should be a run on the philosopher’s books, on what would have been his 109th birthday today

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The Messiah Comes to America!

Rokhl’s Golden City: A terrific new translation of Moyshe Nadir’s uproariously acidic take on Depression-era Jewish-American life

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Is the Lost Language of Iraqi Jews Really Lost?

On the anniversary of the Farhud of 1941, when Iraqi Jews’ violent dispossession began, a look at how the Baghdadi diaspora’s eventual return to Israel fostered scholarly interest in a rich Babylonian heritage

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When All the World Was America

Tablet Original Fiction: Only one chapter to go, to close the book

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Those People, Over There

In his commencement address at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, the author exhorts the class of 2018, the Jewish leaders of the future, to knock down the walls

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Putting the Jew Back in the Queer

Lillian Faderman’s new biography of Harvey Milk re-centers much of his activism on lessons he learned from his Jewishness

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Bury Me Behind the Fence!

Rokhl’s Golden City: The turn-of-the-century proto-feminist melodrama ‘One of Those,’ and the allure of Holocaust-studies failure

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Nice Boy Shares Toy

A dispatch from David Levinthal’s doll-house diorama factory, where the photographer plays with the line between real and pretend

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Shlock vs. Shock at Harvey Weinstein’s Old Hunting Grounds: A Last Dispatch From Cannes

Godard gets stiffed. Ukrainian gets punched. Spike Lee’s KKK Disneyland. And more from the Croisette.

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Philip Roth, New York City, 1973

The great American photographer somehow caught the writer’s Id, under a stuffed antelope

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Philip Roth, American Dreamer

Marc Weitzmann remembers the man he knew whose literary genius and artistic ethics served as a form of resistance

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American Ghosts

Bernard-Henri Lévy remembers watching Trump’s inauguration with Philip Roth

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God and America and Philip Roth

On the late writer’s evolution from secular psychological realist to seeker of the nation’s holy heart

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Poetry Gone Viral

Eighteen-year-old Caroline Kaufman’s verse found its audience—and subsequent book deal—on Instagram

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The Catholic Priest Who Became an Orthodox Jew

Before modern conversion was widespread, Abraham Carmel, a former Anglican turned Catholic, dove into Judaism with a desire to teach its tenets, a disdain for liberalism, and a willingness to criticize the leadership that resisted his entry into the faith

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The Industrial Removal Office

Letters to and from the early-20th-century immigration service that sent thousands of Jews to America’s heartland

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Cannes Diary, Episode 2: Harvey Weinstein Is Gone. Lars von Trier Returns. Kurdish Women Fight Alongside Han Solo.

Israeli offerings at the celebrated film festival are lackluster, and even the oligarchs seem cowed in a glamour industry facing its reckoning

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The German Students and the Murdered Language

The writer Henry Roth’s English was sometimes difficult. A school examination in Germany asked young people to understand it—and the lost shades of the Yiddish that preceded it.

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