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Heroics Aside, the Story of Purim Is the Bible’s Greatest Farce

The Book of Esther doesn’t mention God. Robert Alter’s new translation shows that’s just one way the biblical text is unique.

Convince This Man You’re a Jew, and He’ll Move You to Israel

Matthew Fishbane accompanied a group of would-be Jews as they made aliyah from rural India, led by an unlikely activist

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Israel Story, Episode 6: No valentines, just a fatwa, a shidduch, some tears, and some laughter

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An Abridged Biography of Your Great-Grandfather (Probably)

Everything about the immigrant peddler that you never thought to ask

Roger Cohen Heads to South Africa To Examine His Family’s Itinerancy and Mental Illness

In a new memoir, the controversial ‘New York Times’ columnist connects dots between dislocation and his mother’s depression

Holy Cow! Three Tales of Bovine Worship

Israel Story, Episode 5: From red heifers and golden calves to the mooing mascot of radical vegans everywhere

Roz Chast Drags Us Kicking, Screaming, and Laughing, Into the Land of the Infirm

The cartoonist’s grahic memoir made many Top Ten lists this year. Here’s what she had to say about it.

Hanukkah Alegre!

Washington-area Sephardic Jews share traditional foods and converse in the disappearing language of their ancestors

Forget Spelling It: Most of Us Have No Idea What This Holiday Is Even About

Tablet friends and family help us puzzle out Hanukkah’s origin story—and explain why we don’t celebrate a ninth day of oil

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