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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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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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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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Jews of Kansas

Ben Lerner’s new ‘The Topeka School’ and the problem of masculinity

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Self-Portrait in Black and White

The rewards of subordinating racial or ethnic identity, in the new memoiristic essay by the author of ‘Losing My Cool’

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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 Half-Lives of Patrick Modiano

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

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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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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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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 Swiss Jewish author and diplomat a hapless romantic or a man with a message for our times?

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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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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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The Freud Rabbit

Sarah Boxer’s whimsical cartoon novel puts a bestiary of human frailty on the psychoanalytic couch

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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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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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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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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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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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The Big Lie

And the toxic BDS professors who tell it

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Master of the Double Exile

The late Iraqi Israeli novelist Samir Naqqash was forever torn between competing loyalties. An English translation of ‘Tenants and Cobwebs,’ his portrait of 1940s Baghdad, shows him to be the tragic chronicler of the uprooting of Iraqi Jews.

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