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Of Barry Goldwater, Sandra Bernhard and Eight Other Things About Jewish Arizona

Barry Goldwater inherited his Jewish dad’s department store and Irving Berlin wrote ‘White Christmas’ in the Grand Canyon state. Here are 8 other things about Arizona.

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The Art of Laurie Simmons Directly Challenges the Viewer

Laurie Simmons is far more than Lena Dunham’s mom. The daring artist’s images challenge the viewer and take direct aim at our ideals of beauty.

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Chilly Scenes of Cleveland Shuls

What happens when a senior rabbi announces from the pulpit on Rosh Hashanah that he is suffering from ALS? In his posthumously published novel, Raphael Silver chronicles the power struggle.

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Fear, Trembling and Madness After Bibi’s Re-Election

Tuvia Tenenbom traveled across Israel as the nation voted to reelect Benjamin Netanyahu. He tells about voting your way into heaven, bacon, and the gloomiest day Tel Aviv has ever known.

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Daniel Weiss Calls Metropolitan Museum Job Running the 'Yankees' of Art

Visiting the Memorial de Caen museum in Normandy, France, in 1996, Daniel Weiss was captivated by eight photographs showing the public hanging of three partisans in Minsk, Belarus, on Oct. 26, 1941.

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Anatomy of the Murderers

Was Hitler mad? And how much support did he get from the German people? In a new essay collection, historian Richard J. Evans tackles some of the thorniest issues surrounding the Holocaust.

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'Felix and Meira' Reaches Into a Cloistered World — and Beyond

In ‘Felix and Meira,’ director Maxime Giroux opens a window on the nuances of Hasidic life. And he creates a beautiful and bittersweet story at the same time.

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Cut and Paste Your Ancestors

In need of Jewish ancestors? Liana Finck has some for you — just cut out and display!

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Heard the One About the Jewish Musical That's Better Than You'd Think?

‘It Shoulda Been You,’ a new Jewish-bride-marries-gentile musical, sounds like a stream of cliches. But Jesse Oxfeld says it turns out to be a lot smarter than that.

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Pot Seder Aims To Put Legalization on the Passover Table

The fine print at the haziest Seder in the land ever explained the facts: While Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana use last November, the measure wouldn’t take effect until July 1.

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Let's Get Honest About Gunter Grass

Gunter Grass, who has died at 87, is praised for shining light of truth on the Nazi era. But given his trail of lies, Liam Hoare warns against turning the Nobel Laureate into a saint.

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'The King' and Us

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein are the Jewish kings of the American musical. How could they have been so shockingly insensitive — even racist — in their epic ‘The King and I’?

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The Secret Idealism of My Grandma Rose of Texas

Grandma Rose was cranky till the day she died. It was only later that Deborah Kolben discovered that her tough-as-nails grandmother from Texas was a bleeding heart revolutionary.

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Of Neiman Marcus, Kinky Friedman and 12 Other Things About (Jewish) Texas

Did you know that Neiman and Marcus were Dallas retail pioneers — or that two Jews had ties to the JFK assassination story? Here are 11 other things about the Lone Star State.

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Let Our Judaica Go!

A surprisingly large slice of Jewish cultural treasures is held by private collectors. Jenna Weissman Joselit argues we would all be better off if art and artifacts were publicly accessible.

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Was Our Greatest Composer-Critic an Unrepentant Anti-Semite?

Virgil Thomson, subject of a new Library of America series, produced admirable works. But his offensive statements about Aaron Copland and George Gershwin are cause for scrutiny.

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Naomi Wilzig, Founder of Erotic Art Museum, Dies at 80

Naomi Wilzig, the founder of the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami Beach, has died at 80. Let’s just say she was not your typical Jewish grandmother, as Nancy Kalikow Maxwell recounts.

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Moscow on the Delaware

In 1931, an immigrant college student wrote about being an outsider in his adopted state of Delaware. Eighty-four years later, his daughter recalls the Jewish legacy he left her.

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Philip Glass Settles Some Old Scores

Philip Glass’s Uncle Harry, his mother and the cost of pretty much everything feature prominently in the composer’s plainspoken and charming new memoir.

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The Life and Death of Jewish Lithuania

Ghetto police are usually viewed as collaborators. A new book asks if the force in Kovno actually helped some Jews to survive the Holocaust — and fight the Nazis.

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