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 what is going on in Egypt? and more in the news
Plus Matisyahu goes blonde, the new ‘New Republic,’ and more
Plus Cornell students protest joint Technion campus in NYC, and more
Plus tragic accident in West Bank kills 10 Palestinians, and more in the news
Plus more things Ron Paul signed his name to, and more in the news
With A Dreamers Christmas, subversive jazz musician John Zorn makes a straightforward holiday album that’s radical in its own way
Agenda, Hanukkah edition: Matisyahu comes clean in Williamsburg, latkes get judged, and a 4,000-pound menorah is lit. Plus our seasonal gift guide!
Reggae star promises new ‘music of rebirth’
Ean Seeb, a Denver medical-marijuana provider who’s active in Jewish causes, helped run parts of last week’s Jewish Federations General Assembly there
New single from West and Jay-Z disses Drake; will he respond?
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