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, the most Jewish HBO series yet, and more
Wieseltier and Ibish cast uprisings in instructively similar lights
Friends and Politics, Part 2: Irving Howe. The prominent critic and I worked on Yiddish translations together, but a dispute over Israel and its Arab neighbors ruptured our relationship—until we reconnected over literature.
Plus a few minor things that happened, and more
The ‘TNR’ editor heads for the Holy Land
In her new book, critic Ruth Franklin argues for why the Holocaust is best understood through fiction
Intellectual skywriting with James Wood, Harold Bloom, and more!
The best thing you will read, the last thing you should
‘Democratization and deterrence’
Cameron condemns, Abbas has a prize, and more flotilla reax
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