German beer culture’s surprising origins
To better understand the settler movement today, look to new thinkers like Rav Shagar, not the foundational minds of Ravs Kook, Amital, and Lichtenstein
An overlooked golden age of Jewish culture flowered in the cities of Istanbul, Edirne, Salonica, Izmir, Aleppo, Damascus, Baghdad, Cairo, and Alexandria—where almost no Jews live today
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.
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
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
As Iraqi Kurds put independence to a referendum on Monday, the Arab world works to quash the statehood aspirations of the Western-friendly nation
‘Afghanistan is the swamp and Trump now owns it’
Successive two-term administrations made a mess of the Middle East. Who will clean up?
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
‘Bookworm,’ Tablet’s voracious new column: Alexandria swoons