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Did Religion Make the American Civil War Worse?

Faith may have inflamed the conflict, but one lasting legacy of the war may be the toll it took upon American faith.<p>If there is one sober lesson Americans seem to be taking out of the bathos of the Civil War sesquicentennial, it’s the folly of a nation allowing itself to be dragged into the war in …

Errol Morris: How Typography Shapes Our Perception Of Truth

The acclaimed filmmaker of The Thin Blue Line and The Fog Of War reveals why he now types all his manuscripts in Baskerville.<p>In 2013, acclaimed filmmaker and author Errol Morris ran a bold experiment. With the collusion of the <i>New York Times</i>, he asked 45,000 readers to take an online test. The test …

Typography

The Mysterious Columba Bush

Who is Jeb’s wife, what effect will she have on his campaign—and what effect will his campaign have on their marriage?<p>Now and then in an otherwise unmemorable speech, Jeb Bush will drop a mention of his wife, like a sudden pop of color. At an event in Nevada this March, one of his first speeches of …

Government

Billie Holiday: A Singer Beyond Our Understanding

Most artists belong to their times, but Billie Holiday, born 100 years ago Tuesday, fits in the present. In a way, she died before her time, just as the country was beginning to talk about race, drugs, feminism and misogyny — all of which converged in her life.<p>Her death in July 1959 was only …

Ayad Akhtar: On Muslim identity, and life in America

To appreciate the relevance of playwright Ayad Akhtar’s work, you need look no further than two eerie coincidences that shadowed his debut drama, “Disgraced.” The play, which portrays the downfall of a Muslim American lawyer, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2013. The day the award was …

What did Jewish Priests Wear?

<b>By: Joan E. Taylor</b>In antiquity, as today, ritual experts of various kinds were distinguished by dress that marked them … Read more

A French Village that Refused to Be Complicit in the Holocaust

Dozens of acres of Israeli forests and fields were burned in the past few days because of the so-called “incendiary kites” that Palestinians in Gaza …

Are the Ultra-Orthodox the Key to Israel's Future?

While much is known about the tough situation facing Israel externally, less familiar, even to Israel’s supporters, is the social and economic …

The Untold Story of the Doodler Murders

1.<p>At 1:57 a.m. on January 27, 1974, a corpse was found at the water’s edge on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Gerald Earl Cavanaugh, 49, had been …

12 healthful holiday swaps

The coming weeks will be packed with parties, treats and indulgent annual traditions. Instead of mindlessly diving in and ignoring the repercussions until Jan. 1, keep your head about you. Choose wisely and you can have your jollies and still feel good in your jeans on New Year’s Day. Here are 12 …

Songs Even The Goyim Might Like, by Good For The Jews

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5 ways to fight the winter holiday bulge

It’s that time of year again when everywhere we turn we’re offered creamy eggnog, savory charcuterie and sweet, melt-in-your mouth apple pie with whipped cream.<p>Sounds amazing to some, but to others the onslaught of holiday cocktail parties, extended family visits and office holiday buffets creates …

Péter Forgács’ Memory Art Brings Phantoms of Eastern Europe to Light

“Last night I was in the Kingdom of Shadows,” reported Maxim Gorky after attending a program of “Living Photography” at the Nizhny Novgorod Fair …

Meet BROOKLYNITE composer, lyricist and co-book writer PETER LERMAN

<i>Peter Lerman is a gifted composer, lyricist and playwright, who is making his New York theatre debut with BROOKLYNITE. The recipient of a Jonathan</i> …

Here's What 14 Top Wall Street Strategists Are Predicting For The Stock Market In 2014

We thumbed through hundreds of pages of Wall Street's 2014 outlook notes and compiled the thoughts of 14 top stock market forecasters.<p>For 2014, the average call is for the S&P 500 to hit 1,955, with the median prediction at 1,950. For EPS, the mean call is $117.20 with a median of $116.75.<p>Here are …

Stephen Glass' New Republic Scandal Still Haunts His Law Career | The New Republic

The last time I talked to Stephen Glass, he was pleading with me on the phone to protect him from Charles Lane. Chuck, as we called him, was the …

Journalism

Converting for Love (Like Natalie Portman’s Husband)? The Talmud Forbids It.

<i>Literary critic</i> <i>Adam Kirsch</i> <i>is reading</i> <i>a page of Talmud</i> <i>a day, along with Jews around the world.</i><p>The most common reason why people convert to Judaism …

Why a Civil War soldier will get the Medal of Honor — 151 years after his death

First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing was bleeding profusely from wounds to his abdomen and shoulder as thousands of Confederate infantrymen advanced on his artillery battery in the Battle of Gettysburg. At least one of his soldiers begged him to seek medical treatment, but he refused. He stayed on the …

Everyone is obsessed with the 'Serial' podcast

Never has a podcast collected a loyal cult following in such a short amount of time like <i>Serial</i>.<p>The nonfiction series, which unravels a story …

How to Get Off the To-Do Treadmill

You need to learn the difference between busy and productive. Here's where to start.<p>Raise your hand if you wrote out (or typed into an app) a to-do list for the day.<p>It feels good, right?<p>Making the list helps you feel organized for the coming day, and it takes some of the pressure off your brain to …

Time Management

How To Solve Disputes Between Schools of Jewish Thought? In Private, or Not at All.

<i>Literary critic</i> <i>Adam Kirsch</i> <i>is reading</i> <i>a page of Talmud a day, along with Jews around the world.</i><p>As a teenager, I spent a couple of summers at Camp …

Unification Church Profile: The Fall of the House of Moon


One Sunday morning in February 2010, Bob Exler, a fiftysomething engineer, arrived at the faded ranch house in northwest Houston where he regularly …

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