In an excerpt from ‘Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist,’ the activist remembers Meir Kahane and the JDL
Why my sisters can’t think straight about Israel
A guide to what will probably happen
A conversation with the former dissident and public intellectual, about the ‘Polish mentality,’ anti-Semitism, and ‘wearing Jewish glasses’
Farewell to my beloved magazine, my old and treasured home
Daphne Merkin talks about orphaned dolls, Swedish mattresses, and her ragbag of luminous essays
Video: Grab the schmaltz, and don’t skimp on the onions when you’re making this uniquely Jewish dish
And other problems of divorce, infertility, and urination, in this week’s Talmud study
One grandfather gave lavish Hanukkah gifts, the other single dollar bills. The reasons stretch back to the Old Country.
When I got engaged—to another rabbi, and another woman—my grandmother’s approval didn’t come easy
The first female rabbi was ordained 40 years ago. Now my Florida synagogue welcomes a woman to its pulpit.
Although Rabbi Helga Newmark survived the horrors of the Holocaust, a childhood slight—from Anne Frank—stayed with her for the rest of her life
When a mother succumbs to cancer in old age, and a father faces his own mortality, a son is reminded of the blessings of a good shiva
The needy come to a New Jersey synagogue to claim their due, and the donations that result seem to flow both ways
A shopping trip to Borough Park on Dec. 25 reveals a lesson about pious passivity and dignity—and the value of human relations
After the Arab Spring, a summer of Israeli protests, and the Palestinian bid for statehood, what will rabbis say in their High Holiday sermons?
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The major movements of American Judaism require congregations to follow their rules when hiring clergy. A Duke law professor, a leader at his synagogue, says the restrictions create an illegal monopoly.
Plus U.S. tries to open Syrian front, and more in the news
The innovative neuroscientist discusses how the Holocaust, famine, and other catastrophic experiences can affect our DNA
From chicken fritters to honey-drizzled fried dough, a Moroccan menu gives the holiday a unique flavor
Great Hanukkah gifts about subjects ranging from civil rights to jazz, Torah to immigration, goofy frogs to spooky goblins
Tablet friends and family help us puzzle out Hanukkah’s origin story—and explain why we don’t celebrate a ninth day of oil
In a new biography, historian Anita Shapira deciphers Israel’s inscrutable founding father
The genius behind ‘All in the Family,’ ‘The Jeffersons,’ and other barrier-breaking TV shows talks about his childhood and career