This week, we turn the mic around, calling listeners and reading their letters—the good, the bad, and the ugly
Masbia, New York City’s only kosher soup kitchen, puts an Orthodox spin on a secular holiday
The cantor-turned-Broadway-singer’s music comforted her through the illness of her final years. And now his songs comfort me by reminding me of her.
Scholars and bureaucrats scoff at the idea that Yemenite Jewish babies were once kidnapped for adoption. But the theory won’t die.
When Ziporah Rothkopf left Korea, she changed her name, religion, and way of life. But she took her palate with her.
This week on Unorthodox, sex counselor Bat Sheva Marcus and Slate advice columnist Mallory Ortberg
The basic elements of identity that we share, from dark humor to jarred gefilte fish
There’s no way to sugarcoat it: Talmudic rabbis think women are dangerous sex fiends who should avoid Torah study—and as a consequence prescribe humiliating guilty-until-proven-innocent public shaming ceremonies
In this episode of Israel Story, Yiscah Smith tells the story of her decades-long struggle to live authentically
A new exhibit at the New-York Historical Society offers Jewish-inflected insight into superhero history—but misses some opportunities to broaden the discussion
This week on Unorthodox, Tablet editor-in-chief Alana Newhouse talks print magazines, and Southern Baptist bigwig Dr. Albert Mohler asks about Jewish movies
After decades of decline, the independent stores that remain have to find new ways to survive
Rabbi Debra Kolodny organizes queer clergy of different faiths around progressive issues, starting with Black Lives Matter
In public, he was a lawyer to the stars. But after my father died, I discovered that he’d privately yearned to be a Bible scholar.
I learned how to be a Jew at a black church
Food helped unite Israel—and today also exposes divisions within the country, as Yael Raviv explains in her new book
A new project at Yad Vashem analyzes the first letters that survivors wrote after the Holocaust, letting their loved ones know that they were alive
I grew up in a family that always voted for Democrats. Then I joined an Orthodox community filled with Republicans. Where do I stand? Somewhere in between.
Also in discussion during this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’: How long does the sex act take? As long as it takes to eat an egg, or to reach for a loaf of bread?
He came to me for psychoanalysis—and to exorcise the spirit that was taking over his mind
My father taught me that a Jew waits. And so I wait, out here in the pumpkin patch.
How Abraham J. Twerski—rabbi, psychiatrist, and author of more than 70 books—found inspiration in a popular comic strip
This week on Unorthodox, writer Wayne Hoffman talks gay fiction, and dog trainer Elvis Harvey talks Jewish vs. Catholic dog owners
While your neighbors are using theirs to make jack o’ lanterns for Halloween, put yours to better use—fill it with a rich Argentinian stew
Women without underarm hair, transvestites seeking illicit sexual relations, lepers who can’t shave, nazirite gentiles, grape-eaters, and other Chauceresque characters, in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’
Since my mom died, she is with me all the time—with a warmth she rarely managed in life
In an essay from ‘My Father’s Guitar and Other Imaginary Things,’ learning to understand the bargains we make with God—and ourselves
Female Torah scribes are breaching one of the last barriers in Jewish ritual practice. Not everyone is thrilled.
Female artists reinterpret scripture as part of the exhibit ‘Women of the Book’
Israel Story is back! In this episode, we meet an Eritrean seeking refuge in Israel and an Israeli seeking purpose in Kenya.