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Harlan Coben: A visit to a best-selling author’s toolbox

industry hasn’t been impacted by coronavirus, and book publishing is no exception. Authors have had to cancel tours and appearances, among them The New York Times...

The real history behind ‘The Plot Against America’

NEW YORK — The new TV show based on Philip Roth’s novel The Plot Against America has premiered on HBO and made a splash with critics and fans. The eerily captivating...

Comic Ben Schwartz voices a hedgehog

LOS ANGELES — Ben Schwartz fits in well in the world of neurotic Jewish comedians. He was so anxious to get the word out about his new movie, “Standing Up, Falling...

Mt. Hermon: Skiing in a military zone

MOUNT HERMON, Israel — Standing on a peak atop Israel’s highest mountain on a dazzlingly bright February morning, I had just stepped into my skis and begun to...

‘Hunters’: explores justice, morality of revenge

NEW YORK — “This is not murder, this is mitzvah.” That’s a quote from Meyer Offerman, a wealthy Holocaust survivor with a thick Yiddish accent played by Al...

‘Doctor Who’ loves Nazi plotlines — but where are the Jews?

By Julia Peterson, JTA/Alma NEW YORK — I’ve been a huge fan of “Doctor Who” for years, so when I saw in the trailer for the new season that the time traveler’s...

Rare Canaanite temple unearthed

Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a rare Canaanite Temple at Lachish in southern Israel, together with gold artifacts, cultic figurines, and the oldest known etching...

Taika Waititi

Oscars’ Jewish moments

By Emily Burack LOS ANGELES — When Adam Sandler was shut out of this year’s Academy Award nominations for “Uncut Gems,” the Oscars lost out on the chance to have...

Missing Chagall auctioned

By Karen Chernick TEL AVIV — “Where’s the Chagall?” asked a visitor to this city’s Gordon Gallery on a January morning in 1996, hoping to glimpse one of the...

Israeli chefs freak out over freekeh

By Jessica Halfen In the world of ancient super grains, South American quinoa now shares a throne with an unusual grain called freekeh, at least in Israeli cuisine. A...