For years, scholars dismissed the Arabic on text fragments from Cairo’s genizah as unimportant scribbling. Then along came Marina Rustow, bona fide ‘genius.’
On the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Warsaw ghetto, the author of the new Holocaust history ‘Black Earth’ reads the writing on the wall
How—and why—consummate outsiders like Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn are taking center stage this political season
Israel hails an unlikely act of heroism on Monday night
With an effort at personal bridge-building, one Jew created an outpost of hope that defies polarization among governments
New translations of works by the Polish-born modernist Yiddish poet Yitskhok Berliner, whose life in Mexico made him a special kind of mestizo
You might not know their names, but their influence is felt in every denomination, in every corner of the country
There is no elusive historical certainty; there’s only politics
An open letter to writer Elizabeth Weil, who’s unsure how to help her 12-year-old become a bat mitzvah
A new line of greeting cards, which address loss and sorrow with humor and honesty, may help you express what you don’t quite have the words to say
Fall TV’s new shows, including Of Kings and Prophets, American Horror Story: Hotel and the mega-hit Empire, rely on Old Testament motifs
Because a corpse is always a source of ritual impurity, and because on a geological timescale corpses are everywhere under our feet, aren’t all religious Jews impure?
We all hate synagogue membership fees. Is there another way? Some say yes.
What is Russia up to in the Middle East?
It’s time for Israel to disengage from the disastrous and murderous Palestinian Authority, no matter how high the cost
The photographer talks about ‘Southern Rites,’ her HBO documentary and companion book project about racial tensions in small-town Georgia
Amy Schumer’s $8 million book deal, plus writer Sloane Crosley on her new novel and New York Times poetry critic David Orr on Jewish poets