My grandfather told me his hometown no longer existed. But I found it—and finally came to appreciate my own heritage.
As a black classical singer, I avoided singing negro spirituals—until Yiddish music helped me hear them in a new way as a Jew
I spent my teenage years in rebellious pursuit of an unattainable body. It almost cost me everything.
In her memoir ‘The Pat Boone Fan Club,’ Sue William Silverman recalls where she and her Christian boyfriend went their separate ways
The late author’s work was Talmudic in nature. That’s why his books made me miss the Jewish texts I’d left behind.
The Soviet Jewish émigré and the founder of an American organization for LGBT Russian-speakers says, ‘We’re all activists now’
The first time I really got to know gentiles, I had my guard up. But they embraced me in a way my own community had never done.
I grew up hating my curly, unruly frizz. But on a trip to Israel, I found people who celebrated kinky locks—theirs and mine.
I prided myself on living modestly—even seeing it as a Jewish virtue. Then I confronted my envy of those who were better off.
Yascha Mounk talks about growing up in a place where people fetishized, reviled, or resented him simply for being born a Jew
When I was a child, my family’s history was hidden from me. Now I’ve made sure that my own child will always know where she came from.
I found a memento from my bar mitzvah in my parents’ house. Was it finally time to let go of the past, or was it worth keeping?
My family’s history gave me a pedigree as a Jewish New Yorker—until a visit revealed how quickly the past disappeared
In Latvia, visiting a site where thousands were killed seemed too much to bear, until I saw a place where the living still gather
The strange way I learned the story of a man who died defending his trade, his honor, and working-class Jews