The rise and fall of Isaac Rosenfeld, Saul Bellow’s great rival
The beat poet would have been 83.
A taste of Shavuot
The volcanoes and other geological events behind Exodus
Jonathan Goldstein tells Bible stories
The gripping, improbable, globetrotting story of how Israeli spies caught Adolf Eichmann
In The Believers, Zoë Heller affectionately satirizes a family mired in ideology
What makes a body Jewish?
David Sax celebrates the wonders of rolled beef, tongue, and other deli treats
Annette Ezekiel Kogan tells all about punk-klezmer band Golem’s latest album
Uncovering the lost works of Felix Mendelssohn
What it meant for one person, born male, to become a woman
A young poet’s journey on the island of Djerba
An animated investigation of war
Composer Yotam Haber finds inspiration in a dusty Roman archive
Notes on Bob Dylan fandom
Jews dominated the once-booming ostrich feather business. A historian finds out why.
Josh Kun finds forgotten treasures in old, discarded LPs
Celebrating Jerusalem hip-hop with Coolooloosh
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