How Did Simchat Torah Get So Popular?

The festive holiday now overshadows Shemini Atzeret, which has biblical roots

Bat Mitzvahs Get Too Glitzy

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.

An Unmarried Woman

Alone among the Bible’s heroes, the prophet Devorah, my namesake and the hero of this week’s haftorah, didn’t need a man to make her complete. But what can a modern single woman learn from her?

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Defending Wiesenthal, not healing the world, and more

Cruel to Be Kind

A haftorah of consolations and expectations

Toy Soldiers

A haftorah of breaking down and sobering up

Drowning in Numbers

A haftorah of counting down and living it up

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Etgar Keret airborne, singing Yiddish, and more

By the Book

Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Torah

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Breaking Passover in style, the ‘linkage’ problem, and more

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