In a new book, Heidi Ravven draws on philosophy, history, and neuroscience to argue that ethical behavior comes from looking outward, not within
The cranky anti-hero of ‘Norwegian by Night’ may be demented, but he’s no fool when it comes to patriotism, identity, and time
Scholar Ruth Wisse likes to laugh as much anyone, but also sees peril when Jews can’t seem to quit clowning around. In ‘No Joke’ she explains why.
First-time novelist Ari Goelman faces tough questions from an 11-year-old fantasy fiction aficionado and summer-camp devotee
Two decades after a car accident in Jerusalem broke Joshua Prager’s neck, he looks at how it changed him
Berlin was once home to 50,000 Jewish-owned businesses. A historian is now obsessively reconstructing their demise.
A visit to B&H Restaurant on Second Avenue brings back memories of milchig establishments of yore
Singer Vera Gran was haunted by allegations of Nazi collaboration. A new book asks if survival made her guilty.
From the archive: Daniel Estrin’s 2012 report—which just won a prestigious award—on Jerusalem’s light rail
A guided tour of Polish Jewry’s greatest treasure, once buried in the rubble of Warsaw
In Payback: The Case for Revenge, law professor Thane Rosenbaum considers our desire for vengeance
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