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.
New research in the ongoing academic debate says no
Featuring Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and Idan Raichel
A review of Halkin’s ‘Melisande! What are Dreams?’
In a recent performance of Schubert’s and Schumann’s settings of Heinrich Heine’s poetry, tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Thomas Adès excelled
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Type designer Scott-Martin Kosofsky explains the creation of Le Bé, his new digitization of a beautiful 16th-century Hebrew typeface. It debuts in The Selected Poems of Yehuda Halevi, a Nextbook Press e-book published this week.
There are two stories of Germany and Jews: the culture of assimilated German Jews and the meeting of German culture with Jewish religion
Does history live up to the Islamic center’s ideal?
The Ground Zero Islamic center was named for a period in Spanish-Muslim history that some call a golden age of tolerance
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