Adah Isaacs Menken was a 19th-century actress known for her audacity on and off the stage. A new biography uncovers the woman behind the scandals.
Fifty years after his famous midnight concert in Carnegie Hall, Lenny Bruce is as famous as ever. But he’s still much more a prophet than a comedian.
After World War II, many Polish Jews abandoned their faith. Now their children are rediscovering the religion and culture that was hidden from them.
Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein wowed critics in 2007 with her original and passionate take on the Goldberg Variations. With her new Bach: A Strange Beauty, she’s poised to do it again.
David Shneer’s new book on Soviet Jewish photographers and the pictures they took offers a new perspective on 20th-century history, from the Russian Revolution to the Holocaust
Football Outsiders statistics guru Aaron Schatz previews the NFL playoffs with Tablet’s resident sports fanatic, Marc Tracy, and offers a strong outlook for pro football’s Jews
Daniel Estrin reports on the controversy over Berlin’s latest Holocaust memorial, a tribute to gay victims of the Nazis that has pitted historians against activists and gay men against lesbians
When the writer and performer Janice Erlbaum volunteered to work Christmas Eve at a shelter for homeless teens, the girls confronted her with a hard question: “Why are you here?”
A year in the life of Luzer Twersky, a 23-year-old former Satmar who left hasidism behind
David Hazony argues that the Decalogue is as relevant today as it’s ever been
Marc Weidenbaum explains the art of the remix and the creation of Anander Mol, Anander Veig
A new compilation album highlights the diversity of contemporary Jewish music
Author Sue Fishkoff reports on the world of kosher food production and consumption
A new report tries to understand the demographic shift facing Jewish leadership
Fyvush Finkel’s career, rooted in Yiddish theater, has lasted nearly eight decades. And he’s not planning on retirement anytime soon.
Shanghai’s historic Ohel Rachel Synagogue was allowed to serve as a place of worship during the World Expo, which closes this week. Now what?
Rodger Kamenetz’s new book connects Rabbi Nachman, Franz Kafka, a turkey, and a cockroach
Her family’s Holocaust-haunted past informs the new album from singer-songwriter Clare Burson
David Rakoff makes the case for an un-American approach to living
For Jews and for Americans, what does it mean to be a chosen people?
Gal Beckerman recalls the Struggle for Soviet Jewry, which reinvigorated a tradition of Jewish political engagement
Reconsidering Hillel, the legendary rabbi whose distillation of Judaism’s core teachings still applies
A design competition invites new takes on the sukkah
Novelist Darin Strauss talks about living with, and atoning for, a terrible car accident
A visit to New York’s Mount Carmel Cemetery highlights how far American Jews have drifted from their immigrant ancestors, geographically and ritually
As football season starts, discussing backup Vikings quarterback Sage Rosenfels and other Jews in the NFL
Studying the emergence of a Jewish national music in Imperial Russia
The neo-Nazi-hunter who solved the D.B. Cooper hijacking case
In a spoken excerpt from her new memoir, Rachel Shukert recounts the final days of a European romance