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
A new piece of legislation seeks to upset the status quo over which language the Jewish state deems official. It’s deeply misguided.
In an excerpt from a new biography, the great showman asks, ‘What does music mean?’
The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.
How under the weight of history, all memory becomes holy—even the memory that should not
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?
Two books scratch too hard at superheroes’ identities
Margot Singer’s debut collection explores one woman’s quest to connect
Alex Ross takes us on a music tour of the 20th century
Talented and terrifying, Otto Preminger left no taboo unbroken
Jerry Herman’s musical ode to the land of milk and honey
How an antiwar novel became a best-selling solace for Israeli soldiers and their families
Meir Shalev holds forth on pigeons, homeland, and why reading a book is like a blind date
A conversation with Alisa Solomon about the first—and last—Zionist musical comedy on Broadway
A historical children’s book with conflicting ideas on Jewishness
A young critic weighs in on three new novels
In 1945, Jerzy Andrzejewski’s novel of the Warsaw ghetto enraged Poles and Jews alike. How will it read to audiences today?
Anthropologist Ruth Behar keeps returning to the place her family left behind
Bob Dylan can’t be pinned down. I’m Not There glories in not trying.
Through words and images, Mayer Kirshenblatt brings to life the Polish town he left in 1934
Responding to critics of my essay about Israel media coverage
Stylish Westchester preteens steal the show from Marc Jacobs
Convicted murderer and rapist also seeks $15,000 in punitive damages
YIVO director of education says the language is still very much alive
Oskar Groening, 93, was tried in Germany for helping operate Auschwitz
The ruthless Jewish gangster is all business on the Prohibition-era HBO show
But are U.S. drone attacks on Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia any different?
Adam Greenberg, Chicago Cubs slugger injured in 2005, among honorees
Israeli band’s new album showcases distinctive mix of rock, klezmer, and funk
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.