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Lucy Dawidowicz, the Yiddish Eagle of the Bronx

The strong-willed scholar of Jewish life and history died 29 years ago today

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Ofra, the Mayflower of the Settlements

The author of ‘The Hilltop’ revisits the lands and people Amos Oz confronted in the early 1980s to see how far the West Bank settlements have come, and where they are headed

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Roman Polanski’s Dreyfus

Why the filmmaker’s depiction of early-20th-century anti-Semitism in ‘J’accuse’ is, with reservations, ‘important and beautiful’

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John Rawls’ ‘A Theory of Justice’ and Jewish Heresy

How the liberal philosopher came to reject Judaism’s ideals of merit and chosenness in favor of progressive justice

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Teaching Hebrew to the Puritans

Judah Monis and the failure of evangelizing translation as a spiritual exercise in early colonial America

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Thanks, Norman Rockwell

Make Jules Feiffer’s American Follies Great Again!

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Down and Out in Yidsbury

How I sat out the Vietnam War in an English department in Manchester, England, only to come home to another battle in New York

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‘Lamed Vav.’ Google It.

Finally, a potboiler religious action-thriller novel built around an ancient Jewish mystery, in Steven Pressfield’s ‘36 Righteous Men’

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The Godfather

How the mafia film came to supplant the Hollywood Western as Oval Office favorite and symbol of American power

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How Mike Nichols Met Elaine May

In an excerpt from the oral history ‘Life Isn’t Everything,’ the late actor and film director is taken by the only other person on campus who was as hostile as he was

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Hebrew Poet

The Romantic poet’s underappreciated collaboration with the pioneering Hebrew scholar Hyman Hurwitz made him more of a Hebraist than most readers know

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Q&A: Anne Fadiman, on Loving Wolfenstein

The writer and teacher talks about her wordsmith father, Clifton Fadiman, the middlebrow culture of his radio show ‘Information Please,’ and why being an assimilated Jew is not equivalent to having no legs

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The Religion of Liberal Democracy

How the Dreyfus affair inspired sociologist Émile Durkheim, who died 102 years ago today, to develop an original, provocative, and optimistic view of the French Republic and the rights-bearing individual

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Kapos

After the war, could Jews be found guilty of partnering with the Nazis? Dan Porat’s insightful ‘Bitter Reckoning’ seeks an answer.

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Reparations

Tablet Fiction: Moritz and Max have a plan to get back what’s theirs

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Meghan Daum’s ‘The Problem With Everything’

Is there room in the culture anymore for nuance?

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The Omni-Americans

Fifty years after his landmark book of essays on race, culture, and the ‘social science paradigm,’ the late, great critic and career Air Force officer Albert Murray speaks loudly to today’s divided United States

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A Letter to Golda

Fifty years ago, a group of daring Georgian Jews openly asked for freedom. Their ‘Letter of the Eighteen’ remains one of the most consequential moments in the history of European Jewry, paving the way for the exodus of 1.5 million Soviet Jews.

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Writing ‘Akhnaten’

A co-author of Philip Glass’ Egyptian opera, opening at the Met this weekend, recalls how the monotheistic ‘heretic Pharaoh’ became the fat lady

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Porgy and Bess

How George Gershwin’s stipulation that his opera, currently at the Met, be performed by an all-black cast, plays in the America of then and now

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Ray Charles in Israel

When the ‘Genius of Soul’ sang ‘Hava Nagila’ with David Ben-Gurion

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Hitler’s Teeth

The remarkable tale of Elena Rzhevskaya, the Jew who identified the fuehrer’s remains—and sat on the secret for decades

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A Dance for Trump-o-ween!

Jules Feiffer’s American Follies: The goblins are coming

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Rebel Youth on the Edge in Israel

Nimrod Eldar’s sophisticated, visually dextrous family drama ‘The Day After I’m Gone’ explores the age of ungratefulness

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The Spy and Her Daughter

How Russian Jewish socialists found their cause in Communism, in an excerpt from ‘The Spy Who Changed History’

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Spies in the Basement

The extraordinary true cloak-and-dagger tale of how a chance encounter in a London bookstore made peace possible, on the 25th anniversary of the Israel-Jordan accords

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The Codevilla Tapes

The historian of American statecraft and spycraft and conservative political philosopher Angelo Codevilla talks about the ruling elite, Jonathan Pollard, and the rise of the techno-surveillance state—and the consequent demise of the American Empire

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Mr. Jimmy

A tribute to my brother Jimmy Miller, who produced the Rolling Stones’ greatest records and heard the music in everything around him, on the 25th anniversary of his death

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Hitler’s Rabbit

Taika Waititi’s new film is a masterpiece

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In Bloom

A student remembers the great literary critic, who died this week at 89

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