Why my sisters can’t think straight about Israel
A guide to what will probably happen
In Arafat’s shadow, he died holding an olive branch, after a long struggle for control of the Palestinian national movement
Daphne Merkin talks about orphaned dolls, Swedish mattresses, and her ragbag of luminous essays
The Old Master of documentary film talks about tantrums at London’s National Gallery, his curiosity, and his love of janitors
Victor Pinchuk was awarded the Sheptytsky Medal at the Kiev Hilton, uniting Bernard-Henri Lévy, rabbis, presidents, glitterati
Video: Grab the schmaltz, and don’t skimp on the onions when you’re making this uniquely Jewish dish
And other problems of divorce, infertility, and urination, in this week’s Talmud study
One grandfather gave lavish Hanukkah gifts, the other single dollar bills. The reasons stretch back to the Old Country.
The world’s largest democracy is now the second-largest purchaser of Iranian crude. Why is the West standing by as India exploits sanctions?
Bruce Riedel on the Grapel deal and whether the U.S. citizen is an Israeli spy
Plus some reading for when you’re not eating
Which is something Israel should probably welcome
Al-Qaida cell phones confirmed Pakistani complicity in the hiding of Osama Bin Laden. That country’s military and intelligence patronage of terrorism requires the United States to take a harder line there.
A top Obama Afghanistan adviser reviews a new book examining the end-of-days pulp novels popular in the Islamic world, potboilers that mix Western science-fiction tropes with classic anti-Semitism
Abdullah II has a year to make reforms, they say
Group gets a seat at the table, but what does it really want?
Top expert Bruce Riedel discusses Egypt and Jordan
Popular anti-government revolts convulse Israel’s neighbors
The innovative neuroscientist discusses how the Holocaust, famine, and other catastrophic experiences can affect our DNA
From chicken fritters to honey-drizzled fried dough, a Moroccan menu gives the holiday a unique flavor
Great Hanukkah gifts about subjects ranging from civil rights to jazz, Torah to immigration, goofy frogs to spooky goblins
Tablet friends and family help us puzzle out Hanukkah’s origin story—and explain why we don’t celebrate a ninth day of oil
In a new biography, historian Anita Shapira deciphers Israel’s inscrutable founding father
The genius behind ‘All in the Family,’ ‘The Jeffersons,’ and other barrier-breaking TV shows talks about his childhood and career