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
‘Peep World,’ out next week, is sort of maybe worth your time
Natalie Portman, Oscar winner and face of Dior Cherie perfume, condemned Dior designer John Galliano’s anti-Semitic outburst. In 2005, she spoke about her deep Jewishness for the book Stars of David.
In 2004, Natalie Portman—likely to win a Best Actress Oscar for Black Swan this weekend—spent a year at Hebrew University. So did I, and it’s her fault I started smoking.
The Julia Roberts blockbuster—and the Elizabeth Gilbert memoir it’s based on—get the prayer part all wrong
A haftorah of breaking down and sobering up
Here’s what to root for
‘Ajami’ is country’s first Arabic-language submission
Watching James Cameron’s CGI epic and reconsidering the Hanukkah story
Deceased actress was very close to her
A haftorah of jealousy and judgment
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?
Czech family must survive for two months under re-created WWII conditions, complete with Gestapo
The Late Night legend ends his run tonight. We’ll miss you.
Seeking answers about justice from my late father
Bars investing in companies that support Israel boycott
Schmeared, scooped, or salted—it’s all good
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