Keeping the Faith

A lapsed Methodist becomes best friends with a rabbi

Off the Menu

Why did my grandmother keep meticulous records of her Passover meals, but kept her maiden name a secret?

Golems I Have Known

Or, Why My Elder Son’s Middle Name is Napoleon

Café Society

Humming with immigrant voices, the coffee houses of Jerusalem fueled the imagination of a young refugee writing his way into a new world.

Back From Iraq

Three veterans tell their stories

Getting Serious

Our parents didn’t seem to care about differences in religion. So why was I suddenly looking for challahs on a Friday afternoon?

Going South

What do you do when you break up with your life? A trove of old love letters leads to the Mississippi swamp and a murky search for roots.

Ritual Habitual

For Jennifer Traig, mixing milk and meat could have brought on the end of the world. What happens when custom becomes compulsion?

Winter Camp

Five days, 2,000 participants, and countless pints of Guinness in the English countryside: An American reports from Limmud.

Conference Calls

Singing fetuses? Dancing Hasids? Rapping doctors? A sneak peek at the 36th annual Association for Jewish Studies meeting.

The Mating Game

When is a compliment not really a compliment? When it’s a cultural stereotype.

Bendel Brief

What a simple red string says about our fears and dreams

Out of the Picture

An attraction to artists and exiles

Five Kids

El Lissitzky’s revolutionary take on a medieval Passover song, and a contemporary illustrator has a fresh look at the Seder’s four sons

In Another Voice

If most American girls lose their confidence as they mature, what happens in a religious community that segregates the sexes?

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