Because a corpse is always a source of ritual impurity, and because on a geological timescale corpses are everywhere under our feet, aren’t all religious Jews impure?
For years, scholars dismissed the Arabic on text fragments from Cairo’s genizah as unimportant scribbling. Then along came Marina Rustow, bona fide ‘genius.’
We all hate synagogue membership fees. Is there another way? Some say yes.
How a group of Jews turned a Buddhist spiritual practice into a distinctly American phenomenon—and a multi-billion-dollar industry
How WWII changed the way America thought about deli
The owners of Philadelphia’s popular restaurant Zahav share their recipes—and personal stories—in a new cookbook
For the witches at Jewitch Camp, observing the holiday means combining Jewish prayers with neo-pagan rituals
On Hoshana Rabbah, as the High Holidays’ period of judgment comes to a conclusion, give your chicken soup a taste of something meaningful
Food expert Uri Mayer-Chissick leads foraging tours in Israel to help preserve the region’s agricultural and culinary history
A TARDIS sukkah that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside? It’s just what the doctor—Doctor Who, that is—ordered. And it’s a perfect metaphor for Judaism.
In this week’s Talmud study: Is just thinking about pork a sin?
I thought I’d left Judaism behind during my spiritual retreat in India. Think again.
I’m sorry for the things I did all those years ago
Stuck in a parking lot, I finally found forgiveness—and forgiveness found me
What happens when Yom Kippur stops being formulaic and starts getting real?
The Israeli leader’s diplomatic efforts to stop a nuclear deal with Iran have proven a dismal failure
In the ‘shmita’ years, Jewish farmers can keep the produce coming—by sneaking into Jordan
What I learned by observing ‘shmita’—a sabbatical year—in my community garden
Our public schools have few Jews left. We should let everyone go to school on Jewish holidays.
An ancient story about an eager rabbi and a proud butcher offers a lesson in foreign policy
My father shares the family plot at the cemetery with my mother—and with his second wife, who broke up our family
Try Greek thyme honey—dip your apples in it, or make a special baklava—for a truly sweet new year
High Holiday school closures, why a Haredi rabbi hates the term ‘ultra-Orthodox,’ and asking what exactly an eruv is
In this week’s Talmud study, debates over swearing out of pique or spite—that is, in the wrong frame of mind
‘The Grammar of God’ author Aviya Kushner thought she knew Hebrew scriptures well, but a course she took while pursuing an MFA changed everything
You might not know their names, but their influence is felt in every denomination, in every corner of the country
Video: Use a different ‘new fruit’ and try this Italian plum tart
The electronics retailer’s miraculous turnaround offers an important lesson to shuls combating dwindling attendance
On a special High Holiday episode of Unorthodox, three stories of how apologizing before Yom Kippur can go right … or wrong
The best children’s books about the labor movement—and the part Jews have played in it