Rachel Shukert, a Tablet Magazine columnist on pop culture, is the author of the memoirs Have You No Shame? and Everything Is Going To Be Great. Starstruck, the first in a series of three novels, is new from Random House. Her Twitter feed is @rachelshukert.
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It Was a Very Good Year: 2015

Despite an air of xenophobia, 2015 has altogether been pretty a great year as a spotlight was shone on marriage equality, transgender issues, and more

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The Versatile Power of Sarah Silverman

The ‘I Smile Back’ actress—at once the face of Jewish comedy who can also take on serious roles—has truly come into her own

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This Fascist Fantasy Is Just Entertainment, Right?

Amazon’s ‘Man in the High Castle’ is an excellent, dystopian, what-if watch

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Dear ABC, Please Don’t Bungle the ‘Dirty Dancing’ TV Special

Johnny Castle and Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman return to the Catskills

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Lonely On Christmas? Let Bill Murray Be Your Guide

Netflix has released the most Jewish Christmas special of all time

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In Jill Soloway We Trust

Season 2 of ‘Transparent’ kicked off this week, and its portrayal of the American Jewish identity continues to be spot-on

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Sandler’s Trailblazing ‘Chanukah Song’ Is Forever

Twenty-one years after its release, Jewish classic has been given an update

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Where Do Your Loyalties Lie?

Saul Berenson, played brilliantly by Mandy Patinkin, is the nuanced, moral center of a re-energized ‘Homeland’

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Could Howard Stern Hold the Key to Parenting?

The shock jock’s daughter, an Orthodox Jew, said her father’s constant talk about sex growing up turned her off from dating

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Fashion-Forward

Vogue magazine deemed Orthodox Jewish style as fall’s ‘sexiest trend.’ That’s empowering.

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The Streisands, They’re Just Like Us!

Barbra and her hubby do not share bank accounts, and other fascinating mundanities I can only dream of

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Mad Man

For Halloween, actor Harry Hamlin dressed as Sex Pistols frontman Sid Vicious in a swastika T-shirt. WTF was he thinking?

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Streisand Will Not Star in ‘Gypsy’ Film Adaptation After All

Even for Barbra fans that’s good news, because the musical needs a live audience to work its magic

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Why Is Elton John’s Career Winding Down? The Russian Orthodox Church Has the Answer.

It’s not age but his sexuality, the Archpriest reportedly said, and the marginalizing connection is depressingly familiar

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The Hilarious and Justice-Driven 2016 Sanders-David Ticket

Why the best SNL sketch in ages matters

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There When I Need Them: Bagels and Judaism, Thankfully

A friend sent a Zabar’s care package of bagels to my Los Angeles abode, and it set off a slew of emotions

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Ruthless Viewing

Fall TV’s new shows, including Of Kings and Prophets, American Horror Story: Hotel and the mega-hit Empire, rely on Old Testament motifs

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Leonardo DiCaprio Is Cool, but He’s Not Bubbe-Approved

Bar Refaeli rightly wed a Israeli businessman after a long relationship with the man-bunned serial modelizer

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In Defense of Women’s Reproductive Freedoms

As members of congress seek to defund Planned Parenthood, the time has come to make your stance clear. Anonymity is a luxury we can no longer afford.

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Well-Adjusted: When Child Stars Have Kids

Adam Brody and his wife Leighton Meester recently announced the birth of their daughter, Arlo. So why are Millennial celebs seemingly more equipped to parent?

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Secret Reading: A Tribute to Jackie Collins

Through her strong female characters, the mega-selling author taught a generation of young women that ambition was sexy

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White Privilege and the Lessons of Ahmed Mohamed

Paranoid delusions about President Obama’s anti-Semitic rhetoric is nothing compared to the real life prejudice faced by a clock-making Muslim teenager

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Give Jon Hamm an Emmy Already

The star of Mad Men—the most attractive man on television—has played to perfection an arrogant, privately self-loathing ad man for seven seasons. He deserves the statue.

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My Mother’s Cakes, Memory, and the Meaning of Me

Shul on Rosh Hashanah? No, thank you. Honey and chocolate desserts in the mail? Yes, please.

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Run This Town

Do ‘The Jews’, as per Google, really head up Hollywood?

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Selling the American Dream on ‘Million Dollar Listing: LA’

The show includes gold cornices, real estate enmity, and parables of striving and assimilation.

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A.J. Langer Now a Countess

Rayanne from ‘My So-Called Life’ has gone from a wild-child punk rocker to living in a castle, proving that a Jewish girl can break into the English nobility

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Ashley Madison: The Movie

The cheating website’s founder Noel Biderman apparently had a horrible screenplay in the works

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