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
Sensory overload kicks in on a tour through a kosher food convention
Parodies that make us cringe today used to make people roar. A music critic discovers Abie Cohen, the Jewish version of Aunt Jemima.
Adam Gopnik follows the yuks from Groucho to his 12-year-old son
A new film reinvents Queen Esther as the very first Bachelorette
Jeffrey Goldberg goes the distance from an insecure boyhood on Long Island to the muscularity of military policehood in Israel
A chess amateur shows how the game has mesmerized through the ages
Bluesman Jeremiah Lockwood finds his voice in his grandfather’s liturgical repertoire
In The Lost, Daniel Mendelsohn excavates some unsettling truths about brotherhood, betrayal, and the Book of Genesis.
Naomi Alderman takes on Britain’s Jews
Eve Grubin on what happens when poetry and religious life collide
Miriam Katin makes her own Holocaust comic book
Galeet Dardashti finds the Israeli audience her grandfather never had
Everyone made fun of little Gary Shteyngart. Now it’s his turn.
Etgar Keret on death, optimism, and the virtues of confusion
Marcel Cohen’s Ladino lament. Plus: an excerpt from his letter to Antonio Saura.