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.
Plus, a dispatch from the flotilla, the properly sized bagel, and more
Plus, Winehouse’s life imitates her art, and more
In The Mighty Walzer, Howard Jacobson serves up not just the greatest ping-pong novel ever written but a rollicking portrait of mid-century Jewish Manchester
An evening with Howard Jacobson
How does this game possibly make any sense?
Plus Howard Jacobson’s must-read on Hanukkah, and more in the news
Intellectual skywriting with James Wood, Harold Bloom, and more!
The ‘Times’ literally catches up with Howard Jacobson
Novelist defeats favorites McCarthy, Carey
Roth day, Beck-ian scholarship, and more
The innovative neuroscientist discusses how the Holocaust, famine, and other catastrophic experiences can affect our DNA
A plant-based recipe for a healthy and meaningful Hanukkah
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