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Basya Schechter Mixes Prayer Songs With Brass, Oud, and Radiohead

On a new album, the captivating leader of the band Pharaoh’s Daughter reclaims the music that dominated her religious childhood

Love Syndrome: Israel Story, Episode 2

Chaya Ben Baruch’s sixth child was born with Down syndrome. Then she did what every good mother does—set out to find him a mate.

Leonard Bernstein: A New Look at His Rise, His Foibles, and His Impact on Music History

The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.

How a Reporter Dispelled Myths About Ultra-Orthodox Jews Gaming the System

Batya Ungar-Sargon discusses her exposé on the tax rolls and funding cuts that fueled an ethnic rift in East Ramapo, N.Y.

Elvis Was Our Shabbos Goy

Some people lean on neighbors for a cup of sugar. The Fruchters, of Memphis, Tennessee, needed theirs to help them keep the Sabbath.

Faking It: Israel Story, Episode 1

Forging ancient artifacts, procuring army sick passes, and pretending to be normal after a traumatic brain injury

The Israeli ‘This American Life’ Will Surprise Even Those Who Think They Know the Land Well

After making a splash back home, the creators of the Hebrew-language program are launching an English version on Vox Tablet

A Hasidic Girl Band Gears Up for Its Debut at a Storied Rock Venue

From the Archive: With a women’s-only gig at Arlene’s Grocery in New York this week, Bulletproof Stockings hits the bigger time

How a British Museum Curator Discovered Noah’s Ark Would Have Been Round

Irving Finkel, an expert on ancient Mesopotamia, decodes a Babylonian tablet and traces its path to the Book of Genesis

After the Holocaust, the Dutch Tried To Collect Past Due Taxes From Survivors

How one shy, whistle-blowing intern in an Amsterdam archive uncovered a travesty that insulted a decimated community

Centuries Ago, Jews Were Farmers Like Everybody Else. Why Did They Leave the Fields?

Two economists argue that literacy, not laws forbidding land ownership, created a small, widely dispersed and highly skilled minority

Rethinking the Controversial Figure Who Helped Establish the State of Israel

Known for right-wing politics, Vladimir Jabotinsky left an equally critical literary legacy. Hillel Halkin looks at it all.

The Musicians of Zvuloon Dub System Marry Ethiopian Soul with Roots Reggae

If an album could be said to capture the sound of multiethnic Tel Aviv, this one would be it

Taking on Tamarind, a Staple of Syrian Jewish Cooking, With Aleppo’s Culinary Ambassador

Cookbook writer Poopa Dweck shares the key to her savory delights

Sigmund Freud Tried Thwarting Biographers. That Didn’t Stop Adam Phillips.

The esteemed author talks about all the reasons the founder of psychoanalysis would have objected to a new examination of his life

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