A review of Maimonides, Spinoza and Us: Toward an Intellectually Vibrant Judaism by Rabbi Marc D. Angel. Is Joe Lieberman a bad Jew? Depends whom you ask, these days. From The Tablet, a special section on the Jewish body. The rise of the hot Jewish girl: Why American men are lusting after women of the tribe. A review of The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism. From Jewcy, Patrick Aleph on changing your Jewish last name. Walter Isaacson on how Einstein divided America's Jews: The physicist’s first trip to the U.S. placed him at the center of contentious debates over Zionism. Why we shouldn't put too much faith in what Albert Einstein had to say about Israel (and more). A review of How To Be a Mentsh (& Not a Shmuck) by Michael Wex. Slips of the Tongue: What the use of Yiddish phrases can tell us about contemporary American Jewry. A review of Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen by David Sax (and more and more and more and more). Jewish Mother Russia: Masha Gessen on the worst good idea ever. Jewspotting: In which The New York Times expresses astonishment at members of the tribe living in out-of-the-way places. A review of Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal by Dana Evan Kaplan. Old world Jewish jokes: A review of Is It Good for the Jews? by Adam Biro. So you call yourself Jewish? A look at what it takes to be considered "one of us". Nathan Schneider on hipsters v. Hasidim over Brooklyn bike lane. A review of Mitzvah Girls: Bringing Up the Next Generation of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn by Ayala Fader.

Let’s bid a not at all fond farewell to the Big Zero, the decade in which we achieved nothing and learned nothing. Time and again, the calendar comes up short: Sticklers for symmetry lament imperfections in the 400-year-old Gregorian system. Handwriting is history: Writing words by hand is a technology that's just too slow for our times, and our minds. U.S. government documents crime spree by dictator’s son: Why no action by the feds? Over the past 30 years, Eliot Weiss has patiently built one of the greatest chess programs in the country. Armenia excels at chess, and its top player now has a shot at becoming world champion — how did this tiny country become a giant at the game? Old kings, new game: Ex-champions Karpov and Kasparov meet again, but the stakes have changed. A review of The Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe are Alike by Peter Baldwin (and more). Giving and receiving presents is a simple pleasure, isn't it? No, it's a social and economic battlefield. A review of High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly by Donald Spoto. Federal plans for a green economic revolution need more discipline — and a long-term partnership with the venture capitalists who know startup winners from losers. A review of The Value of Nothing: How to reshape market society and redefine democracy by Raj Patel. If Google has its way, all of English literature will one day exist as searchable digital text, and Franco Moretti wants to be ready for the deluge. The introduction to Terror in Chechnya: Russia and the Tragedy of Civilians in War by Emma Gilligan.

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An interview with Marc Bekoff, author of Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals (and more). A review of Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us about Humanity by G. A. Bradshaw (and more). The modern conception of dogs as personal property has done very little to advance their position. Bitch, Please: An article on dog shows in the age of dog show ridicule. Dogs vs cats: The great pet showdown. Oscar the cat and the science of kindness: When Oscar the cat snuggles up to a patient, purring and nuzzling, the nurses at the hospital where he lives immediately call relatives. A look at 6 adorable cat behaviors with shockingly evil explanations. An article on fixers, feeders, and the strange, hidden world of feral cats. The truth about lions: The world's foremost lion expert Abigail Tucker reveals the brutal, secret world of the king of beasts. The Great Guinea Hen Massacre: Good intentions collide with dumb birds on a small farm in Pennsylvania. A review of Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West by Deanne Stillman. A review of The Horse in Human History by Pita Kelekna. A new bat fellatio study gives insights into the question raised in Thomas Nagel’s essay “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?” An interview with Jeremy Mynott on books on birdwatching (and more). Zombie Creatures: What happens when animals are possessed by a parasitic puppet master? A review of On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear by Richard Ellis. A review of Dazzled and Deceived: Mimicry and Camouflage by Peter Forbes. Ancient origins of pet rats: Millennia with man, but only recently a great pet (and more on the rat-catcher's art).

A new issue of Plato is out, including Arnaud Mace (UFC): The New Frontier: Philosophy of Nature in Platonic Studies at the Beginning of the XXIth Century; and a review essay on "Socratic" dialogues. A review of Reason and Persuasion: Three Dialogues by Plato: Euthyphro, Meno, Republic Book I by John Holbo. The first chapter from Descartes's Changing Mind by Peter Machamer and J. E. McGuire. From Kritika & Kontext, leading Spinoza experts discuss the seventeenth-century philosopher's relevance today. A review of Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue by Ryan Patrick Hanley. A review of The Philosophers' Quarrel: Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of Human Understanding by Robert Zaretsky and John T. Scott. Why Rousseau still matters: Christopher Bertram argues that understanding self-love is essential to solving the big political problems we face today. A review of Kant's Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Aim: A Critical Guide. A review of Force and Freedom: Kant's Legal and Political Philosophy by Arthur Ripstein. A review of Kant and the Limits of Autonomy by Susan Meld Shell. Seizing power from the divine: Nicholas Rescher argues that Kant’s radicalism is widely underestimated. A review of Kierkegaard, Metaphysics and Political Theory: Unfinished Selves by Alison Assiter (and more). A review of Pious Nietzsche: Decadence and Dionysian Faith by Bruce Ellis Benson. The problem of dogmatism: Oskari Kuusela on why Wittgenstein rejected theories. The introduction to Taking Wittgenstein at His Word: A Textual Study by Robert J. Fogelin.