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The Illusionist

Al Seckel held legendary parties in the 1980s and 90s, with attendees ranging from Slash to Francis Crick. He later became a collector of optical illusions and gave a TED talk on the topic. He may have also misled and defrauded many of the people he came into contact with.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Switzerland Today"

Playing with a disabled boy on a summer afternoon.

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Celebrity Rabbi, Heal Thyself

Who is Shmuley Boteach, former reality TV star and author of Kosher Sex?

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Q&A With Art Spiegelman, Creator of ‘Maus’

“And the Holocaust trumps art every time.”

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Dead Sea Scrolls Go to Court

A scholarly dispute devolves into criminal impersonation.

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Panic in Jerusalem

A community says its children are being targeted by a group of pedophiles. But did widespread sexual abuse actually take place?

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The Doctor And The Rabbi

A doctor and a rabbi try to find ways to understand the world, and God, and one another.

"The rabbi pulled out some books. She talked about Jacob wrestling the angel. She talked about Heschel and the kernel of wonder as a seedling that could grow into awe. She tugged at her braid and told a Hasidic story about how at the end of one's life, it is said that you will need to apologize to God for the ways you have not lived."

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Gay Marriage’s Jewish Pioneer

Meet Faygele ben Miriam, the radical activist “beyond the leading edge” of the same-sex marriage fight.

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Country Music's Sparkle King

A profile of fashion designer Nudie Cohn, who made clothing for Elvis, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, and others.

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David Horowitz Is Homeless

Horowitz went from the New Left to the far right. Now neither side wants him.

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St. Leonard’s Passion

Leonard Cohen’s 2 A.M. set at the disastrous Isle of Wight festival, 1970.