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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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Stockholder in Utrecht

Stuff, and other achievements of irrationality, in Jessica Stockholder’s explorations of the third—and fourth, and fifth—dimensions

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Putin’s War

How Russian aggression decimated Jewish life in eastern Ukraine

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Yossi and the Mossad

A former Israeli spy describes his life and work in the 1960s and ’70s

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Love and Other Disabilities

A British judge is forcing a disabled woman to have an abortion. As the son of a disabled woman, I can tell you: The decision is evil.

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Behind Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Tour

When the voice of a generation became the man of a thousand masks, and what we—and he—lost

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A Funny, Empathetic Jewish Genius

Adam Ehrlich Sachs’ ‘brilliant, weird, and profound’ new novel, ‘The Organs of Sense,’ imagines a visionary blind Jewish astronomer in the court of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II

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Karl-Heinz Hoffmann’s Secret History Links Neo-Nazis With Palestinian Terror

A neofascist lives on in his Bavarian castle

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A Painter of the Holocaust for Our Times

Three self-portraits by Felix Nussbaum, at New York’s Neue Galerie

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Tales of the Jewish Working Class: Anarchism and the Multicultural Joys of New York

Third in a series on the anarchists and the Jews, conjuring the vibrant souls from the days when anarchism was an authentic current of the American labor movement, and the left wasn’t blindly anti-Israel

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Tales of the Jewish Working Class: Crackup and Transformation of the Jewish Left

Second in a series on the anarchists and the Jews, civil war in the garment center

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Tales of the Jewish Working Class: The Ancient Dream of the Jewish Left

First in a series on the anarchists and the Jews: two uniquely Jewish contributions to American life and the global struggle for worker’s rights

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Understanding the Real Origin of that New York Times Cartoon

How anti-Semitic Soviet propaganda informs contemporary left anti-Zionism

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The Big Lie

And the toxic BDS professors who tell it

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A Syrian in Jerusalem

Finally face to face, after growing up learning about the other

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A New York Romance

In an excerpt from the new history ‘The Last Pirate of New York,’ a son connects his father’s Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, to the original American gangsters who preceded them

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Free Palestine

A small act of resistance in the middle of Soho at lunchtime

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