Jewish Self-Government in Europe Was Not Just a Dream—It Was a Failure

The Council of Four Lands was the central body of Jewish autonomy in Poland for nearly two centuries. What went wrong?

Photos: Snow Day in Jerusalem

Traffic jams, snowman, and a snow-covered Western Wall

Prayers for Rain Usher in Jerusalem Snowfall

Watch the snowfall in the Old City on “The Kotel Cam”

Americans Have Cuba, but for One Pakistani Woman, Israel Is the Forbidden Destination

Thanks to the Internet, Jerusalem seems closer than ever—but thanks to her government’s policy, remains out of reach

The Importance of Cubits and Shewbread and Everything That Makes Your Eyes Glaze Over

In their faith, Talmudic rabbis kept contradictory thoughts, believing in both the reality of miracles and their unreliability

In Divided Jerusalem, a School Bridges Boundaries Between Young Israeli Arabs and Jews

Originally the brainchild of an American Jew and an Arab Israeli, now a model for a small but growing educational trend

My Morning at the Western Wall

A dispatch from the Women of the Wall’s 25th anniversary prayer service

Rabbi Wolpe’s Picks: Unraveling a Mishnah Mystery

Introducing Rabbi David Wolpe’s new series on Jewish scholarship

Why I Waited To Have Children: A Meditation on the Myth of Selfless Jewish Mothers

My husband and I wanted kids. We just didn’t want them now. But the longer we delayed, the more we risked missing our chance.

600,000 Attend Ovadia Yosef’s Funeral

The influential rabbi draws the country’s largest funeral crowd in history

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