La Mar Enfortuna reinterprets the music of the Sephardic diaspora
Novelist Yael Hedaya explores the daily struggles of modern Israelis
Ariel Sabar searches for the Edenic past his father left behind in Kurdistan
Dining out in Israel with food aficionado Janna Gur
Sadia Shepard grew up part Protestant, part Muslim. Then she found out about her grandmother.
An off-Broadway show pays homage to the queens of comedy
What’s in a joke? Jim Holt finds out.
Alisa Solomon gives us the story behind West Side Story
Tania Grossinger chronicles her childhood at the Catskills resort
A documentary plumbs early memories of life on the kibbutz
David Benioff takes the buddy novel to wartime Leningrad
In his new novel, Aleksandar Hemon unearths the misfortunes of a Chicago immigrant
How comedians of the 1960s and ’70s revolutionized stand-up
A literary—but none-too-sad—Keith Gessen talks about his new novel
A scholar and priest traces the roots of religious violence to Abraham
Eric Umansky encounters merchants, widows, and secret police at a Syrian synagogue
Thomas Roma photographs Brooklyn’s synagogues past and present
Howard Jacobson swore he wouldn’t write another Jewish novel. What happened?
Murray Zimiles explores the links between Torah arks and carousel horses
Alex Ross takes us on a music tour of the 20th century
A conversation with Alisa Solomon about the first—and last—Zionist musical comedy on Broadway
A young critic weighs in on three new novels
Daniel Smith explores the history of the phenomenon—from the Bible to his father
Cabaret-punk band Barbez pays tribute to Paul Celan
What happens when an agnostic follows all the rules in the Bible? A.J. Jacobs finds out.
Shalom Auslander reads from his new memoir—and waits for calamity to strike
Dalia Sofer depicts one family’s fearful and bittersweet days in revolutionary Iran
The many meanings of seltzer, from thirst quencher to missile decoy
A poet brings a collection of 19th-century supplications back to life
Charitable giving from Leviticus to Rothschild