The Torah tells us to put a blue thread on our tzitzit. Why has it taken 1,300 years to figure out how?
Seven months into a seven-and-a-half-year study cycle, book critic Adam Kirsch is hooked—and flummoxed
Rachel Shukert’s new novel Starstruck rekindles her childhood romance with the golden age of film
Naomi Alderman’s provocative novel The Liars’ Gospel puts Jesus back in the Jewish time and place whence he came
In My Mother’s Wars, Lillian Faderman recalls her single mother’s frustrated efforts to save her family from the Holocaust
A new documentary looks at the many iterations of the popular tune, from Hasidic niggun to American kitsch
Stories about hidden identity, vegetarianism, and getting plastered, from four young comedy writers
Emily Bazelon’s new book argues that bullying comes in different forms and so should its antidotes
What happens when an Israeli and a Palestinian, separated by checkpoints, meet and fall for each other
Archie Gottesman got New Yorkers to love a storage company. Can she get Jews to love being Jewish?
The influence of Vladimir Vysotsky, who would have been 75 this week, reaches far beyond his homeland
Today, as Israelis vote, the religious Zionist theology of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook and his son looms large
In most places, the No Pants Subway Ride is just a prank. How’d it go over in a city that prizes modesty?
Adrift at home, a woman sets out to find the Promised Land—in Jamaica, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Israel
Author Lily Brett explores everything from Hendrix to the Holocaust in a thinly veiled autobiographical novel
In the first part of a new series, we meet a sex therapist who helps religious Jews achieve intimacy
Celebrating a half-century of work, the photographer recalls his Bronx childhood and days at Ground Zero
With the new Broadway musical A Christmas Story, songwriter Benj Pasek continues a storied tradition
With 200 acres, a love of the mamaloshen, and little by way of experience, a dreamer starts Yiddish Farm
Author Simon Kuper uses soccer to show how, as Dutch Jews were killed, life went on for everyone else
Between stops on a world tour, Alisa Weilerstein remembers the late Elliott Carter and plays us some Bach
If a society’s vitality is evidenced by the pulse of its dance music, then there’s hope for Israel
A new book argues that the roster of Jewish jocks includes matadors, weightlifters, and competitive eaters
In The Canvas, novelist Benjamin Stein looks at the Binjamin Wilkomirski story from opposing angles
A new biography of the singer, performing in Brooklyn this week, tells how a penniless teen got her star born
The man who brought us When Bad Things Happen to Good People turns to a biblical predecessor for lessons
In Fortress Israel, journalist Patrick Tyler argues that the country’s warrior ethos impedes Mideast peace
A controversial radio play of the famous diary—rejected in 1952 as too Jewish—gets a second airing
Hanna Rosin’s book The End of Men says women now outperform men. Is that true in Jewish communal life?
Epichorus, led by a rabbinical student and with a Sudanese Muslim singer, redefines devotional music