Columnists

Agents of Influence — Lee Smith

Bibi’s America Problem, and Ours

The difference between Big America and Small America, and between Obama and Netanyahu

Literature — Adam Kirsch

Belief, Truth, and Lies in Divorce, Marriage, Rape, and Female Chastity

Rightly or wrongly, Talmudic thinkers presumed that gentiles would persecute the Jews in their midst

Literature — Adam Kirsch

Can a Blind Bride Be Attractive? If Not, How Do You Pay Her a Compliment?

The sages debate the demerits of little white lies, and consider the subtleties of legal claims made by spouses and other property owners

Food — Joan Nathan

How To Make Guava Mandelbrot, a Cuban Twist on a Jewish Classic

Video: The Old World meets the New World in one delicious cookie

Marjorie Ingall

Jewish Fanfiction Creates an Alternate Literary Universe

The X-Men have a Seder. Hogwarts gets a kosher kitchen. And everyone from Ivanhoe to Big Bird to Captain Kirk gets a rewrite.

Literature — Adam Kirsch

Virginity Is a Commodity (and Can Be Divined by Sitting a Bride on a Wine Barrel)

Talmudic rabbis are less interested in mystical speculation than in concrete questions, like the state of women’s hymens

Literature — Adam Kirsch

Virgin Brides, Premarital Sex, and Jewish Patriarchal Ownership of Female Bodies

The ‘Daf Yomi’ cycle heads into thorny gender issues around marriage, gynecology, and Sabbath sex

Agents of Influence — Lee Smith

Nuclear Dreams: Iran Now Controls Four Arab Capitals, Plus Washington, D.C.

What the burning of a Jordanian pilot reveals about Obama’s flawed Middle East game

Marjorie Ingall

Making Kids Menschy About Money

Ron Lieber’s new book ‘The Opposite of Spoiled’ offers help for parents trying to raise kids who know the true value of a dollar

Agents of Influence — Lee Smith

It’s Time To Arm Muslim Moderates Against Extremists

Who else can step up and rescue the faith from the fanatics who’ve hijacked it?

We’ve Known About Hillary’s Email for Years. Why the Hoopla This Week?

Hint: It starts with an ‘I’ and ends with an ‘n,’ and it’s ‘Iran.’

Rare Footage of the Chofetz Chaim Surfaces—From Fox News(reel)

The influential rabbi takes a walk in 1923

Boris Nemtsov, Murdered in the Shadow of the Kremlin

Russian liberals see the late opposition leader as a martyr, but he was also a player in the post-Soviet power grab that is still unfolding

Holding Our Tongues

Why aren’t more non-Muslim feminists decrying violence against women in Muslim-majority countries?

A Very Haredi Purim: Devotion Beneath the Debauchery

Filmmaker Ori Gruder captures ultra-Orthodox observance of the holiday in his Israeli TV documentary, ‘A Freilichin Purim’

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