Columnists

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?

Literature — Adam Kirsch

Juliet’s Dilemma: Seduced Unmarried Minors Engaging in ‘Licentious Sexual Intercourse’

Talmudic rabbis ask what agency young women have in determining their fate in sex, marriage, and divorce

Rotting Corpse-Brides of Jewish Hollywood

Ari Folman’s sci-fi half-animated ‘The Congress,’ David Cronenberg’s horror comedy ‘Maps to the Stars,’ and the end of movies

The Transgressive Spirit of Purim

I’ve spent years trying to find a costume, from Kurt Cobain to my own cat, that reflects a hidden side of my personality

A Battle Heats Up—Over Purim Packages

The holiday’s ‘mishloach manot’ boxes used to involve juice and a bag of chips. Now competitive moms have raised the stakes.

Sholem Aleichem Arrives in New York!

Happy 156th Birthday!—the perfect time to look back on the Tevye Stories’ author’s first trip to the Big Apple

Israel’s Rabbinic Court System Is Divorced From Reality

‘Gett,’ a stellar new Israeli movie, sheds light on the plight of women crushed by a byzantine legal authority

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