Tiffany Shlain reaches back to the Pleistocene era to explain assimilation in America
VH1’s So Jewtastic is a case of the lady who doth protest too much
A riddle for the Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai
Examining Maimonides with Sherwin Nuland
Faith-based acting taken to new heights
Hillel Halkin tries to untangle the roots of his adopted hometown
VH1 gathers musical has-beens for a Seder that rocks (sort of)
Todd Solondz’s latest bestiary of the dispossessed
Shalom Auslander writes his way out of misery, latching on to a comic tradition he traces from Beckett to the National Lampoon.
Wendy Shalit wrongfully accuses authors of misrepresenting the Orthodox
Tired headlines set the scene for Eytan Fox’s Walk on Water
For Jennifer Traig, mixing milk and meat could have brought on the end of the world. What happens when custom becomes compulsion?
A comedian wears out his the boychik routine
Better embarrassing than inflexible
When is a compliment not really a compliment? When it’s a cultural stereotype.
An experimental musical about the Rosenbachs celebrates their love affair with book dealing
For the tortured club of Red Sox fans, a final match-up against the Bronx hegemon begets theological questions
What a simple red string says about our fears and dreams
The joys and sorrows of Harvey Swados’ fiction
What is the machine that seems to cause book reviewers to swoon over one short story collection and practically ignore another?
El Lissitzky’s revolutionary take on a medieval Passover song, and a contemporary illustrator has a fresh look at the Seder’s four sons
If most American girls lose their confidence as they mature, what happens in a religious community that segregates the sexes?
As Europe wrestles with the preamble to its constitution, Joseph Weiler is fighting for an acknowledgement of the continent’s Christian past.
After training a sensitive lens on Hasidism, Menachem Daum rotated the camera, exposing his Orthodox sons to the humanity of others
The spiritual fad of the new millennium hinges on a cryptic, erotic, medieval text. If anyone can explain why, it’s Daniel Matt.
Alan Wolfe found Americans around the country change faiths as frequently as they change their diets. What does this mean for a 5,000-year old tradition?