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Welcome to Deep Shtetl.

A curious person’s guide to the stories behind the stories, demystifying the potent but often misunderstood forces that shape our world, from religious faith to social-media technology to popular culture.

Your Bubble is Not the Culture

Your Bubble is Not the Culture

From Hamilton to Harry Potter, critics keep misreading popular culture and writing off things that their audiences love. Why?
Yair Lapid’s Vision For a New Israeli Future

Yair Lapid’s Vision For a New Israeli Future

The unlikely architect of Israel’s current government wants to unite the country’s Jewish and Arab mainstream against anti-democratic extremists. But will he find enough takers?
Israel’s Version of the Latinx Question
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Israel’s Version of the Latinx Question

Activists and journalists often refer to Arab citizens of Israel as simply “Palestinians,” but the reality is messier—and can teach us about our own questions of identity

I’m an accidental journalist, connoisseur of conspiracy theories, and recovering internet addict who fell into this work when I discovered that people were inexplicably willing to pay me to say things I wanted to say anyway. Over the past decade, I’ve covered everything from elections in America and Israel, to the translation of Harry Potter into Yiddish, to Muslims and Jews in comic books, to anti-Mormonism in American politics, to religious Jews in baseball. Before that, I studied history and Jewish studies at Harvard, where I was the movies editor of the school paper. (Professionally, it’s all been downhill from there.) These days, I live in New York with my family, and in my spare time, I compose and sing original Jewish music and create bots that troll anti-Semites on Twitter.

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