To understand David Blatt, think less pick-and-roll and more ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’
Post-Qaddafi Libya was supposed to be something other than the chaos it has become
A love letter to the mundane Holy City
‘I don’t believe in you, “salvation,” I never have and I never will. And very soon I won’t even be.’
‘The Odd Woman and the City’ proves the memoirist is a peer of Kazin, Howe, and other great chroniclers of Jewish America
In ‘The Brothers,’ her new book about the Boston attacks, the Russian émigré writer empathizes with fellow displaced people
A convert to Judaism reflects on the Jewish woman who embraced her, and honors her with a holiday recipe
Spending a summer working on a farm got me in touch with nature—and Torah. Now I understand how the two are intertwined.
Video: This Ukrainian sour sorrel soup is a refreshing way to welcome summer
How the Newark mayor’s adopted Jewish identity—shaped by his Orthodox mentors—reflects his unique brand of politics
Plus David Axelrod gets a new gig
Plus Lena Dunham, Margaret Sullivan, and David Axelrod
David Wolpe insists that delivering a benediction at the Democratic Convention is not a political endorsement
The 2012 presidential campaign will be a landmark for U.S. Mormons. It’ll also be the most Jewish election in history, argues a Mitt Romney adviser.
Plus anti-war meme hits Facebook, Omar Sharif-stein, and more
Support for President Obama is sagging among a key Democratic voting bloc. Now his campaign has 11 months to win back Jewish voters.
Though officially an exercise in change and progress, Rahm Emanuel’s inauguration as Chicago’s first Jewish mayor was nonetheless steeped in well-worn myths and traditions
Rahm Emanuel, in the midst of a rough-and-tumble campaign, was just denied a spot on the mayoral ballot. Was the move Chicago politics as usual, or has Emanuel’s Judaism come into play?
The president draws a line in the sand in his latest interview
For all those who’ve died far from their families, and far from peace
My friend was recorded in a mikveh by a rabbi. Let’s ensure the end of this abuse of power.
How I observe Shavuot despite my life-threatening allergy
After Buchenwald was liberated, my father, Rabbi Herschel Schacter, led survivors in a moving prayer service
Our coverage of the illness is raw, inspiring, scientific, sad, historical, and familial. Have a look.
TV’s fasctinating ‘Botched’ takes on the limits of aesthetic procedures
Pigeons, brains, and chocolate-covered locusts at the oldest congregation in the U.S.
My daughter is black and Jewish. Will she have to defend her identity online?
On a new album, Italian singer Shulamit offers modern interpretations of haunting songs left by women in the Holocaust
Victor Rodack dreamed of visiting Israel. In 1967, he found an unusual way to make his dream a reality.
Historian Jonathan Sarna discusses the Great Emancipator’s ties to a chiropodist, military men, and other Jews