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The Story of Obama's Ransom Payment to Iran Gets Worse

The Story of Obama's Ransom Payment to Iran Gets Worse

America paid Iran $1.7 billion in cash—funds that by law were not to be released unless and until Iran paid what it owed to American victims of its terrorism.

Nov. 1 2016 12:01AM
In Photos: The Story of the Liberation of Jerusalem a Century Ago

In Photos: The Story of the Liberation of Jerusalem a Century Ago

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s unification in the Six-Day War. It also marks the 100th anniversary of a fierce World War I battle that saved the city from destruction.

May 22 2017 12:01AM
What Life Is Like for Jews in Cuba

What Life Is Like for Jews in Cuba

Now that Americans can easily visit the “Latin paradise,” I jumped at the opportunity to see first-hand the reality of life for its few remaining Jews. It isn’t pretty.

May 11 2017 12:35AM
My Life with Hebrew

My Life with Hebrew

When people find out that I teach Hebrew literature, they invariably remark, “Oh, you must be fluent.” I’ve now been working hard at it for many decades, and I’m still not there.

April 13 2017 12:01AM
The Jewish Spies Who Helped the British Defeat the Ottoman Empire in World War I

The Jewish Spies Who Helped the British Defeat the Ottoman Empire in World War I

The achievements and sacrifice of a family of Palestinian Jews helped to secure both victory in war and Great Britain’s endorsement of Zionism.

Sept. 13 2017 12:01AM
The 80th Anniversary of the Two-State Solution

The 80th Anniversary of the Two-State Solution

In 1937, an official British report first proposed the partition of Mandate Palestine. The story behind it helps to explain why the Arab-Jewish conflict remains unresolved.

Oct. 2 2017 12:01AM
The Most Politically Significant Meeting of Any Group of Jews in the Last 1,800 Years

The Most Politically Significant Meeting of Any Group of Jews in the Last 1,800 Years

The story of Theodor Herzl and the First Zionist Congress, convened 120 years ago on this date.

Aug. 23 2017 12:01AM
For George Eliot, to Appreciate the Jews Was to Save England

For George Eliot, to Appreciate the Jews Was to Save England

In a new lecture series, a master teacher shows the enduring relevance of the great 19th-century novelist’s Daniel Deronda.

March 15 2017 12:01AM
Rosh Hashanah Greetings, Yiddish-Style

Rosh Hashanah Greetings, Yiddish-Style

The products of the Yiddish greeting-card industry are a reminder of how wonderfully varied was the world of Yiddish-speaking Jewry.

Sept. 19 2017 12:01AM
Why Yiddish Was Often a Source for Thieves' Slang in European Languages

Why Yiddish Was Often a Source for Thieves' Slang in European Languages

What we learn from the story of the Russian phrase shakher-makher, or wheeler-dealer.

Feb. 22 2017 12:01AM
Some Yiddish Words Jump into American English Quickly. Others Take Much Longer.

Some Yiddish Words Jump into American English Quickly. Others Take Much Longer.

The process results from, in equal measure, Jewish separateness and Jewish assimilation.

May 24 2017 12:01AM
A Romanian Jew's Private Judgment of a World Bent on Condemning Him

A Romanian Jew's Private Judgment of a World Bent on Condemning Him

In brilliantly charting the psychological effects of anti-Semitism on both its perpetrators and its victims, a newly translated 1934 novel outdoes even such master analysts as Freud and Proust.

Oct. 18 2017 12:01AM
How Hebrew Helped to Create the English Language—and to Form the American Spirit

How Hebrew Helped to Create the English Language—and to Form the American Spirit

“This now is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” and other remarkable Hebraisms in the English tongue.

Feb. 15 2017 12:01AM
The Obligations of Auschwitz

The Obligations of Auschwitz

My grandfather, who survived five Nazi camps, built in their shadow a life that consisted above all of children and grandchildren. The same is demanded of us all.

Jan. 26 2017 12:01AM