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The Hasidic Underground

Boro Park, Brooklyn, late 1970s, at the nexus of a cultish hippiedom and ultra-Orthodoxy

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Jen Silverman Skins the Cat

The deeply absurdist, darkly hilarious drama, poetry, and fiction of a woman who wants to shake us out of our routines

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Live a Little

Slip sliding away, in an excerpt from the Booker Prize winner’s latest comic novel

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The Jewish 1%

It’s time to talk openly about the comforts and toxicities of vast wealth and power

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Who Won the Cold War?

How change swept across central Europe 30 years ago this fall

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The Cool Kids

Self-mutilation as a Jewish cultural strategy and the sad history of the Yevsektsiya

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The Jewish Half-Lives of Patrick Modiano

The Nobel laureate on the paper trail of evanescent French Jews, in ‘Family Record’

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Writing Jewish

How Sefton Goldberg saved my life

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Safed Kabbalah and Renaissance Italy

How Lurianic mysticism made its way to Europe—and back to the Middle East

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Turning History Into Fiction

Elias Khoury’s novelization of 1948 makes up more than just its characters and plot. Does it matter?

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Was B. Traven Jewish?

The mystery of the author of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre remains unresolved

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Second Avenue Elevated

Looking for tracks to my father’s unobtainable past, in old Jewish New York

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I Destroyed a LeWitt

How the father of minimalism brought power to the people, and learned to let go

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A Plan for Peace

Is America about to adopt the Israeli prime minister’s 20-year-old plan for a durable settlement between Israel and the Palestinians?

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Reports of Miracles From Safed

How the great kabbalist Isaac Luria changed the perception of the world without changing the world itself

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Men and Women of the Nation

How the Inquisition’s conversos defined Jewish religious and ethnic identity in ways that are still prevalent today

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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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