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Israeli and Palestinian flags painted on a wall; the red triangle of the Palestinian flag is the shape of Israel turned sideways

In his best-selling new book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, American-born Israeli writer Yossi Klein Halevi explores the challenges of self-transformation and the quest for peace, themes central in his earlier books:...

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Black and white photo of Isaias W. Hellman at his desk in his California office

In his recent blog post, “The Avengers: Building on a Jewish Comic Book Legacy,” Arie Kaplan, uses the new movie, Avengers: Infinity War, to remind us that almost all the creators – writers and illustrators – of Marvel Comics’ Avengers and Superman and his DC Comics’ Justice League of America cohorts, and the beyond-our-wildest-imagination worlds that they defended, were Jewish. It turns out that this is also an excellent time for a reminder that it was a real life Jewish superhero who almost...

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Closeup of someone holding a remote at a TV screen

Think about what happens when a television or movie character is affected by a mind- or body-altering experience or takes on the heart or brain of another character. In “Beauty and the Beast,” it happens as punishment; in “Frankenstein,” it’s the result of a scientist obsessed with the nature of the soul; and in HBO’s “Westworld,” it happens when the programming of androids goes exceedingly awry.

In Jewish...

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Student group at archeological site in Israel

Israel may be a small country, but there are so many sites to see and issues about which to learn. You could spend months touring the country and still feel like you need more time. If you’re visiting for only a week or two, consider adding some of these 18 cultural, religious, historical, and natural sites to your itinerary.

  1. The Western Wall (the Kotel) is considered by many to be the most sacred place in Jewish tradition. People from around the world come to pray at this holy site, often placing handwritten...

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Matthew Stevenson, Derek Black and several others around the Shabbat dinner table

When Derek Black was 11, he designed the kids’ page for the first major Internet hate site, Stormfront, which his father created and still leads. After Derek was outed in his freshman year at New College in Florida as a white nationalist, one of the few Orthodox Jews on campus, Matthew Stevenson, invited him to Shabbat dinner in his dorm room.

Krista Tippett, host: Why did you reach out to Derek?

Matthew Stevenson: When the news broke that Derek was a white supremacist, many people on campus treated him very...

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