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Marjorie Ingall

How To Say You’re Sorry

As Yom Kippur approaches, I’ll share what I’ve learned about how to apologize—and how not to

Agents of Influence — Lee Smith

The Godfather’s Guide to the Middle East

Everything you need to know about world turmoil today—from Obama to Assad to ISIS—is in the ethos of the Corleone family

Literature — Adam Kirsch

The Talmud’s Mysticism Is Too Mindblowing Even for Its Students

Tread carefully, the rabbis warn, when seeking to understand creation or envision God

Food — Joan Nathan

How To Make Gefilte Fish That Your Guests Will Actually Want To Eat

Video: Throw away your jars of gray fish patties. This Rosh Hashanah, make a terrine that’ll have doubters asking for seconds.

Agents of Influence — Lee Smith

How Peace Negotiator Martin Indyk Cashed a Big, Fat $14.8 Million Check From Qatar

One Middle Eastern nation does indeed pay to influence U.S. foreign policy. Hint: It’s not Israel.

Literature — Adam Kirsch

If Even the Angel of Death Makes Mistakes, Where Is There True Justice?

The Talmud imagines the world as organized for the benefit of Torah sages, even in matters of sex and death

Marjorie Ingall

Anxiously Sending Little Jews to School

For the first time, I’m concerned about my kids’ Jewishness as I send them off in the morning

Literature — Adam Kirsch

Rules for Hair Cutting and Rending Garments—and Exceptions for Newborns

Daf Yomi: The Talmud’s ruling principle is that there is always a correct course of action, since God is watching

Marjorie Ingall

Jewy Books: Including Jewish Characters Doesn’t Have To Be a Big Deal Anymore

Today’s young-adult literature is full of teenagers for whom being Jewish isn’t a Very Important Issue

Literature — Adam Kirsch

In the Days Between the Major Holidays, Little Clues to Jewish Ritual and Life

Talmudic rabbis debate professional eulogizers, trying to strike a balance between the holy and the mundane

The Simple Math of an Iranian Nuclear Bomb

In an excerpt from ‘Nuclear Iran,’ calculating, with scientific precision, just how far Iran has come in its quest for the bomb

On the Book of Jonah, and My Mother

Trying to understand this baffling story, which we read on Yom Kippur, gave me insights into my mother’s death

Why Gangsters Who Broke Every Law Still Went to Services on Yom Kippur

They stole. They murdered. But many Jewish mobsters still saw religious observance as an integral part of their identity.

Naomi Klein Wants To Save the Environment and Overthrow Capitalism All in One Book

‘This Changes Everything’ is great, except for the parts that don’t add up

It’s Never Too Late To Atone

Even if the person you wronged doesn’t remember what you did, it can still make a difference to ask for forgiveness. Maybe.

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