Why the anti-Semitism present in other recent protests almost kept me from this important one
Boycott and Divestment organizers protest an Israeli freighter’s arrival in Oakland, but the course they’ve set leads into an abyss
Israel may face a wrenching choice between its democracy and Jewishness. And that’s normal.
Or how a Jewish American country music genius wound up farming chickens in France
The black protagonists of ABC’s new show are proud, successful professionals. Why is it so hard for Jewish characters to follow suit?
Two new important histories look at Hitler’s fascination with Islam and Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey
In his memoir ‘Measure of a Man,’ Martin Greenfield recalls how he survived Auschwitz to become an iconic tailor to the stars
Plus legitimate and bastard offspring, slaves, and distinctions between Jews, non-Jews, and half-Jews
When I found pornography in my Talmudic mentor’s desk, I felt betrayed. What did it say about him—or about all of us?
Comment of the Week
Women fought for a ceremony to mark a Jewish girl’s passage into womanhood. Now the ritual’s meaning is often lost amid flashy parties and clothes.
Whitney Houston’s music played at bar mitzvahs across America in the 1990s—the theme songs of a forgotten adolescence
Bat mitzvahs tell us less about tradition than they do about how girls create rites for coming of age, as the new book Today I Am a Woman shows
What a parody bat mitzvah speech tells us about real ones
Plus GOP hammers Obama on Syria envoy, and more
Forgoing the usual bar and bat mitzvah swag, some teens are asking guests to contribute to charity
An uncommon rite, bubbly’s back, and Obama’s image
Rockin’ to Peres, belated womanhood, and fear in Pittsburgh
Why some families are opting for havdalah bar or bat mitzvah services
A new historical account was recently discovered. It is recorded here.
Comments made on his personal website have generated a harsh condemnation
The SC Justice is resting comfortably after treatment for an arterial blockage
Check out Mora Mahlifa for some intense Sonic Youth-like sound
Florence Nasar uses dance to study the effects of Jewish ritual on women
Orthodox women bring style to their daily wardrobe
Website says Jews more likely to date Jews than other religions
The collection offers a behind-the-scenes account of the historic event
Remembering the founder of Coffee House Press, who passed away Sunday
The dish was a staple for Sephardic Jews during the Spanish Inquisition
Kira Kazantsev, child of Russian immigrants, cites community's support
Israel Story, Episode 4: When a hobby becomes a calling—from a freelance hitman in Eilat to a Knesset groupie in Herzliya
Jonathan Eig examines the renegade Jewish biologist and his three co-crusaders who made having sex without having a baby possible
New York Festival of Song’s Steven Blier’s latest program showcases Freud’s influence on the Golden Age of German lieder