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I’m the founder and editor-in-chief of Tablet Magazine, which we refer to as a Jewish magazine about the world. You can read more about it here.


I started my career working for David Garth, who was even more legendary in person than his public profile suggested. I wrote about him here. From 2002 to 2008, I was on staff at The Forward, first as a religion reporter and then as arts and culture editor. In 2009, I started Tablet.


I’m more of an editor than a writer, though I do write now and again — mainly for Tablet. I have contributed to a bunch of other media outlets throughout my career, most frequently the New York Times. My favorite NYT story is this one, about an unexpected discovery related to the photography of Roman Vishniac, and what a misunderstanding of his work has to do with American Jewish identity politics.


In 2021, I published an essay titled “Everything is Broken,” in which I told the story of trying to solve the mystery of my son’s health issues, and what it meant for broader issues in American society. A year later, in large part driven by the overwhelming response to that piece, I published a second essay called “Brokenism.” In it, I tried to describe something new — namely, that the real debate in America today isn’t the one between the left and right, or between Democrats and Republicans, but rather between those who believe there is something fundamentally broken about American institutions, and that it’s an emergency, and those who do not.


Yenta stuff: I hail from the fabled civilization known as the Five Towns, but spent whole swaths of my childhood in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Half-Sephardic, half-Ashkenaz. Not related to those Newhouses. Have made books about photography, food, and Passover. I’m married to David Samuels, who is this person. And I’m the president of the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics, which is a magical organization changing the world not only for my son but for thousands of others. Don’t take my word for it; here is the Wall Street Journal backing up the claim.


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