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.
My daughter is black and Jewish. Will she have to defend her identity online?
Theodore Ross grew up pretending he wasn’t Jewish. His book Am I a Jew? traces his re-engagement with Judaism.
A lost German passport—and tenuous ties to citizenship—cause a bureaucratic nightmare and a revelation about place and belonging
A proposed San Francisco ballot measure prohibiting circumcision arises from a debate over ritual, sexuality, and identity. What’s become an American norm might soon again be a mark of difference.
My mother pretended we weren’t Jewish when we moved to the South—but couldn’t resist kvelling over my book about it
Has Purim replaced Passover as the best holiday vehicle for expressing individual Jewish identity?
How my shrink helped me by becoming my biggest problem
A novelist brings to life a shameful episode in American history
Shira Nayman’s characters chase the ghosts who haunt them
One author thought moving to New York meant severing her small town roots. Then she started writing fiction.
Logged 36 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show with husband Jerry Stiller
Netanyahu tightens his grip
Trebek: ‘Whenever people to go temple… they sing Kinky Boots!’
Sheldon Harnick celebrates 50 years of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
Letterman: ‘Sometimes what you love the most provides you with the most pain’
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
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