Columnists

Agents of Influence — Lee Smith

Inside Obama’s Meeting With Jewish Leaders

What he said, what they said, and what America is now saying to the world about exterminationist anti-Semitism

Marjorie Ingall

Enough With the Holocaust Books for Children!

Yes, we need to teach kids about our history. But our history constitutes a lot more than one tragic event.

Literature — Adam Kirsch

How Often Should Married Jewish Couples Have Sex?

And other matters of conjugal bliss in this week’s Talmud study, including a woman’s right to sexual fulfillment

Agents of Influence — Lee Smith

Honey, I Shrunk the Jews!

Why did Obama send a lowly vice-presidential adviser to inform American Jewish leadership about his Iran deal?

Literature — Adam Kirsch

Would a Jackal Take Better Care of Its Young?

For most Jews in Talmudic times, marriage was the biggest financial transaction of their lives

Marjorie Ingall

Seders in Uniform: How American Troops Celebrated Passover During WWII

Whether in the mess hall or on a battleship, Jewish soldiers stationed all over the world still sang the Four Questions and ate matzo

Literature — Adam Kirsch

When Jews Were Like ISIS

We, too, stoned our women for infidelity. Patriarchal injustice persists in Orthodoxy. What’s a modern Talmud reader to do?

Literature — Adam Kirsch

Talmudic Rabbis Debated the Cost of Rape—In Terms of the Woman’s Market Value

Reading the oral law today forces Jews to reconcile repellent, outdated legal views with modern morals

Marjorie Ingall

Letting Go of Our Kids Isn’t a Form of Neglect

The stereotype of the Jewish mother depicts a hovering, overprotective maniac. The truth is very different.

Literature — Adam Kirsch

Incestuous Rapists Get What They Deserve

Talmudic rabbis believe ‘the hand of Heaven’ makes sure that the punishment fits the crime

Fifty Years After the March on Washington

In honor of a moment of awakening: April 17, 1965, when we got serious about ending the war

The Murder of the Century

A reissue of Meyer Levin’s 1956 novel about the notorious Leopold and Loeb case captures the enduring power of Jewish self-hatred

Why We Keep Reading About the Shoah

A thorough new history of the Nazi concentration camps challenges us to face again our fears and weakness

My Teacher’s Son: A Memoir of Heresy Is Marked By a Father’s Unnerving Piety

In and out of the fold of ultra-Orthodoxy, Shulem Deen and his father Dovid both pursued honest religious feeling

Larry Sultan’s Porn Stars, Mezuzahs, Migrant Workers, and Jewish Mothers

In the late photographer’s first career retrospective, the ‘aroma of daily life’ lives forever

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