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
Ruth Gruber has seen it all—from refugee camps to Virginia Woolf’s parlor
Michael Chabon’s new novel depicts a frozen homeland where beat cops speak Yiddish, snack on blintzes, and chase Hasidic gangsters
Journalist Amy Dockser Marcus talks with Sara Ivry about the the rival interests that energized the city a century ago
Taking a plunge into kosher wines
Alix Kates Shulman on the creation of an ex-prom queen and protofeminist
Andrea Stern’s new collection of photographs chronicles the intimate life of a family—her own
Daily Show writer Rob Kutner started putting on an annual Purimspiel five years ago. He discusses his rowdy and popular parody with Sara Ivry.
With a little self-invention and a lot of talent, Doc Pomus left his mark on rock ‘n’ roll
A misbegotten first attempt at making sufganiyot
Growing up Jake Fuchs thought of his father as a screenwriter. At 12, he discovered otherwise.
Nelly Reifler is casting about for answers to eternal questions