My father taught me Talmud as a boy—whether I wanted to learn it or not
As the High Holidays kick in, one formerly obese writer reflects on going kosher, long runs, and mastering his sins
Successive two-term administrations made a mess of the Middle East. Who will clean up?
Sometimes I can almost imagine God looking down at that moment and saying, ‘Don’t worry. You had me the first time you called me Dad.’
Who will rebuild the destroyed Iraqi city? Who will shepherd the refugees to safety? Who will reward the Kurds with the regionally stabilizing state they deserve?
Supposedly the best honey cake in the history of the universe. We’ll see.
Iraqi Kurdistan is one of the very rare areas of the Middle East where Jews and Judaism are viewed positively.
Jason Isaacs and Jackie Hoffman prove that reality has gotten too weird even for Hollywood
I’m not much of a shul-goer, but the High Priestess of Song got me thinking and feeling my way into Rosh Hashanah
For many, a new Star Trek series is an event of quasi-religious significance. For me, it’s a reminder of an actual religious awakening, brought on by one wise Vulcan.
After I left the Orthodox world—and my marriage—I found a new place to observe the Jewish New Year: on a different kind of path
‘Afghanistan is the swamp and Trump now owns it’
Two new studies of Islam portray recent outbursts of coordinated violence and oppression not as a reaction to Western liberalism but instead as fundamental to the religion itself
A casualty of a naïve belief in Israel’s potential to adopt a secular Hebrew culture beyond Judaism’s defining religious difference, the Russian-born writer was also revived as a feminist icon in the 1970s
To better understand the settler movement today, look to new thinkers like Rav Shagar, not the foundational minds of Ravs Kook, Amital, and Lichtenstein
‘Bookworm,’ Tablet’s voracious new column: Alexandria swoons