One Middle Eastern nation does indeed pay to influence U.S. foreign policy. Hint: It’s not Israel.
Hamas today is in the same position as Yasser Arafat once was: sacrificing its people to a corrupted ideal
French journalist says that alleged shooter Mehdi Nemmouche was his jailer in Syria, may have also tormented James Foley
What role does America play in Jewish life, and by extension what kind of Jewish literature can be created here?
New novel ‘The Betrayers’ boldly places at its center the most famous refusenik and all he represents for Soviet Jewry
In an excerpt from a new biography, the great showman asks, ‘What does music mean?’
The Talmud imagines the world as organized for the benefit of Torah sages, even in matters of sex and death
These Jewish leaders’ influence has been felt around the country, in every denomination, even if you don’t know them by name
Some Modern Orthodox teens observe ‘half-Shabbat,’ using cell phones in private. How widespread is the trend? Is it a crisis?
Nearly 50 years after Walt Disney’s death, biographers and fans still debate if he was an anti-Semite. A better question might be why we still care.
Known for Middle Eastern, African, and Hasidic motifs in her music, Basya Schechter adds a new note on her latest album—Yiddish poetry
In a PBS documentary debuting this weekend, comedy guru Robert Weide examines the life and work of Woody Allen, film’s iconic nebbishy New York Jew
S. An-sky created a survey—never completed—on shtetl life in the 1910s. Its 2,087 questions offer a fascinating window on the Pale of Settlement.
Brooklyn Rabbi Andy Bachman and Tablet’s Marc Tracy, both good liberals, can’t agree on the merits of the Occupy Wall Street movement
Max Brooks shares his father Mel’s sense of humor. But when it comes to thinking about zombie outbreaks and how to prevent them, he is dead serious.
Shimon Peres, Israel’s president, has written a new Nextbook Press biography of David Ben-Gurion, its first prime minster and his mentor
As the Statue of Liberty turns 125, talking to statue-bound tourists about Emma Lazarus, the poet whose sonnet is inscribed in its base
Evonne Marzouk, the Orthodox co-founder of a Jewish environmental group, insists the Torah holds us responsible for the earth’s well-being
Yoshie Fruchter and his band, Pitom, delve into repentance on the new album Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes, a jazz-metal take on confession
Until the widow of Yiddish writer Chaim Grade died last year, his archive was kept locked away in their stuffed apartment. Now it’s up for grabs.
Israelis are fixated on the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations. But Palestinians, inured to false hopes, are much less riled up.
Lucette Lagnado’s first memoir was dominated by her colorful father. In The Arrogant Years, she plumbs the heartbreaking life of her mother.
Bruce Jay Friedman’s darkly comic novels, short stories, and screenplays place him among the past century’s best American writers. In his new memoir, Lucky Bruce, he reminisces about many of them.
French singer and icon Serge Gainsbourg—once reviled and now beloved—is the subject of Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, the first feature film from Joann Sfar, creator of the Rabbi’s Cat comic book
Ringing in the Jewish New Year with an artisanal tahini and honey spread
‘Anti-Semitism Antenna’ will be accessible by phone and online
Inspired by Leviticus, eScapegoat lets users offload sins onto a virtual goat
The 11-year-olds were wearing uniforms of local Jewish secondary school
An excerpt from Lucinda Franks’ Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me
Predicting which Israelis will win the esteemed award is a national pastime
The singer also attributes past bad press to anti-Semitic and anti-female bias
Responding to critics of my essay about Israel media coverage
Stylish Westchester preteens steal the show from Marc Jacobs
The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.
Batya Ungar-Sargon discusses her exposé on the tax rolls and funding cuts that fueled an ethnic rift in East Ramapo, N.Y.
Some people lean on neighbors for a cup of sugar. The Fruchters, of Memphis, Tennessee, needed theirs to help them keep the Sabbath.