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
The grim satire of the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ controversy, in context
An excerpt from Pierre Birnbaum’s new biography of the French titan
‘I don’t believe in you, “salvation,” I never have and I never will. And very soon I won’t even be.’
‘The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook’ offers insight into the city’s prewar culinary scene—and pioneering restaurateur Fania Lewando
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.
Plus the proliferation of the “Israel Lobby” in popular culture
J Street’s Ben-Ami questions ECI’s ‘substantive objections’
‘Sacred Trash’ takes one prize, and Sami Rohr finalists announced
The successful movement to save Soviet Jewry offers some valuable lessons for Iranian Americans seeking democracy in the Islamic Republic
The Israeli government wants to lure expats back home with provocative ads. For one American Jew and her Israeli-born husband, it’s a false promise.
Plus, Iranian nukes, Noah Baumbach on Noah (as in Ark), and more
Plus, Sharansky on Bonner, Bachman on Benedikt, and more
Newly released from prison, the Jewish tycoon was Russia’s wealthiest oligarch – and the Kremlin’s chief critic
Plus an Israeli horror flick, the biggest Seder ever, and more
Some readings on its legacy
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