In an excerpt from ‘Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist,’ the activist remembers Meir Kahane and the JDL
A conversation with the former dissident and public intellectual, about the ‘Polish mentality,’ anti-Semitism, and ‘wearing Jewish glasses’
Why my sisters can’t think straight about Israel
Farewell to my beloved magazine, my old and treasured home
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
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 Israeli brain drain rates top in the West, and more in the news
A writer considers the fictions of religious identity—in life and on the page
Three comedies—This Is 40, Parental Guidance, and The Guilt Trip—give the holidays cheap laughs
Plus South African party gives BDS movement a victory
Plus Rupert Murdoch apologizes for anti-Semitic tweet, and more
Plus, will the Camp David Accords be altered?
Evaluating comedy on its political merit is like disassembling a vibrator to analyze its mechanics: You can do it, but that’s not what it’s for.
Jolson, Malamud, Golda, and more!
In other news, there is no Santa Claus
Plus Yitzhak Rabin’s (non-?)legacy, and more in the news
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