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The Riches of Jewish Film in Venice

At the 75th festival—with new works by the Coen brothers, Julian Schnabel, Errol Morris, Orson Welles, and ‘Son of Saul’ director László Nemes, and period dramas starring Rachel Weisz and Jeff Goldblum, as well as Israeli films—‘the horror of the world lies behind infinitely pretty things’

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Reb Aryeh’s Etrog

For Sukkot, a story by Israeli novelist Haim Be’er, in a first English translation

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‘My Struggle’ and ‘Mein Kampf’

Hitler and the legacy of Nazism at the core of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s memoir

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Sibling Mine

My brother died in 1991. I was 56 and he was 53 years old.

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The Amazing Return of the Yabloner Rebbe

An astonishing true story of a man’s encounter with fate

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Not Our Kind

Bookworm: ‘Kitty Zeldis’ pens a Jewish-genre fiction throwback about WASP-y anti-Semitism, in search of lost time

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The Gospel of Saint Paul

The most meaningful conversion I have ever experienced wasn’t going from left to right or abandoning bacon and going kosher. It was switching from Lennon to McCartney.

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R. Hayim Kanievsky’s ‘Instant Responsa’

A 90-year-old rabbi is deservedly famous for incisive, realist, and, above all, brief halakhic commentary

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Delacroix and the Jews of North Africa

At the Met’s blockbuster show opening this weekend in New York, the French painter’s ethnographic and orientalizing gaze on a precarious people

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Tupac’s Corset

Artist Zoë Buckman describes how and why she embroiders late rappers’ lyrics onto lingerie

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The Impostor

Javier Cercas’ new book is an insightful literary investigation into the lies of a Spanish narcissist who passed himself off as a victim of the Holocaust

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Islamophobia and Post-Colonial Guilt

Pascal Bruckner’s ‘brave and necessary’ new book examines how Muslims came to be known as victims of the West

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The Social Media Echo Chamber Failed to Kill ‘Insatiable’

An outcry over a new show’s alleged fat-shaming may be more a crisis of criticism in the age of Twitter

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The End of Middle-Class Art

What concentrations of wealth unseen since the Gilded Age have wrought on the global art market, and what they portend for the future

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Operation Unorthodox

Ep. 148: ‘Operation Finale’ actor Nick Kroll and director Chris Weitz on bringing the Eichmann capture to the big screen

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The Cross and the Tallit

Israeli photographer Benyamin Reich channels his ultra-Orthodox upbringing into haunting images of faith and transgression

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Eichmann in Full

Chris Weitz’s new ‘Operation Finale’ elegantly escapes turning into another dreary film that’s too embalmed in reverence to deal with real emotions

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A Mind Scheduled for Annihilation

Nineteen years after Hanoch Levin’s early death from bone cancer, the great Israeli playwright’s bleak, searing poetry is finally translated into English

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Daniel Silva and the Art of the Beach Read

Bookworm: The new bestselling spy thriller, ‘The Other Woman,’ excels at this one thing

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Her Holiness

The spirit of Aretha Franklin, whose songs would shoot through the astral plane—and beyond

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We Seek Our Brothers

On the anniversary of the Bialystok Ghetto uprising, Haika Grossman remembers the fire of revolt that sealed the fate of the remnants of Polish Jewry

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Those Who Left and Those Who Rebelled

On the 75th anniversary of the Bialystok Ghetto uprising, a Jewish fighter remembers how the fires were lit

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Rav Kook’s Pre-Zionist Spiritual Diary

An important new publication, from manuscript, of first chief rabbi and leading thinker of religious Zionism Abraham Isaac Kook’s hitherto nearly unknown 1890’s spiritual diary reveals a man working out the tensions in his nascent theology

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My Favorite Anti-Semite: Edith Wharton

There’s a barbarian at every gate

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Call Us by Your Name

Ep. 146: Novelist André Aciman on life after his much-discussed film adaptation, and journalist Kevin Begos on why we should be drinking ancient Israeli wine

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No, Thank You, ‘Whore From Ohio’

Rokhl’s Golden City: A new Yiddish production of a Hanoch Levin play is tone deaf to the #MeToo zeitgeist

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All the Answers

Michael Kupperman’s revealing graphic novel—or comic, depending—brings to life a repressed, brainy postwar American Jewishness that whiz kids like the Oppenheimer brothers can relate to

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Bookworm’s Beach Reads!

Our columnist offers three classic titles to take to the ocean in the summer of 2018

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The Big Sacred Voice of a Postmodern Psalmist

Joseph Lease’s new poetry collection, ‘The Body Ghost,’ sings that body electric

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If I Were a Fiddler

Ep. 145: To celebrate a new all-Yiddish production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ we take a look at the play’s enduring cultural significance, and talk to the actors about learning Yiddish for their roles

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