My father taught me Talmud as a boy—whether I wanted to learn it or not
As the High Holidays kick in, one formerly obese writer reflects on going kosher, long runs, and mastering his sins
After I left the Orthodox world—and my marriage—I found a new place to observe the Jewish New Year: on a different kind of path
Taken out of context, ancient Rabbinic laws—such as those on capital punishment discussed in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ study—can attract the attention of those who hate us
Long a dull staple of Rosh Hashanah tables, honey cake is having a renaissance, with a wide range of new variations
A San Francisco-based women’s collective hosts cannabis-themed gatherings informed by Jewish tradition
And what to do about it
Talmudic rabbis pondered the most fundamental ethical questions—including the value of human life—in debating death sentences by hanging or stoning
Not that long ago, an Israeli car was about to change the world. But it didn’t. Israel Story explores why the Better Place electric car generated such excitement and inspired such devotion, and why its demise was so devastating.
In her new memoir ‘If All the Seas Were Ink,’ Ilana Kurshan recounts her time in Israel—one page of Talmud at a time
A mother and daughter bring old recipes back to life in ‘The German-Jewish Cookbook’
Episode 103: Everything you ever wanted to know about Jewish weddings—and beyond!—with guests Anita Diamant, Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, Bat Sheva Marcus, ‘Bridesmaid for Hire’ Jen Glantz, and more
The Tri-Faith Initiative brings together a synagogue, a church, and a mosque, with a promise to build bridges between them
A new crop of books introduces young readers to people who fled their homes—in earlier decades, and today
A tour through Malta’s Jewish history
My Aunt Eva’s recipe came with my family from Eastern Europe more than a century ago. Today, I bake them in memory of my mother.
There are a zillion ways of being an outsider. That we all know. But what does it mean to belong, why do we want it so badly, and how far are we willing to go just to be on the inside?
The weekly helped me imagine myself as part of a larger community
Episode 102: Linguist Sarah Bunin Benor on the intricacies of Jewish language and architect Duo Dickinson on his Vermont summer sojourns
Europe’s Holocaust memorials—and America’s Confederate monuments
Five years into the seven-year ‘Daf Yomi’ cycle of Talmud study, our columnist pauses to reflect on what the ancient text has taught him about being Jewish today
My great-great-grandmother’s letters—in Ladino—paint a portrait of the Sephardic community on the Isle of Rhodes, moments before it was destroyed in the Holocaust
What Rabbi Elvis taught me about myself and God
‘Second Helpings, Please!’ has been teaching Canadian Jews how to cook—and raising money for charity—for nearly 50 years
A new exhibit at the National Museum of American History looks at the role of religion—including Judaism—in early America
Episode 101: The team behind ‘Soon By You,’ a web series about dating while modern Orthodox, and Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option
For a century, locally made Armenian pottery has brought together the holy city’s major religions in a uniquely artistic way
For me, learning Hebrew was a way to fit in as a Russian immigrant growing up in Israel. For the kids in my Hebrew school class in California, the language meant something entirely different.
To repent, you must first know yourself, which means taking a break from technology’s distractions
Staying connected to my family meant coming to terms with more than one name