A new piece of legislation seeks to upset the status quo over which language the Jewish state deems official. It’s deeply misguided.
New York State starves schools of money. In East Ramapo, Orthodox Jews—and special-needs children—get the blame.
Batya Ungar-Sargon discusses her exposé on the tax rolls and funding cuts that fueled an ethnic rift in East Ramapo, N.Y.
How under the weight of history, all memory becomes holy—even the memory that should not
The country singer—and a founding father of American Christian Zionism—died 11 years ago this week
An excerpt from a new analysis of King David, the biblical poet-hero
Some Modern Orthodox teens observe ‘half-Shabbat,’ using cell phones in private. How widespread is the trend? Is it a crisis?
There is no single unifying cuisine, but Jewish food from Central and South America is coming into its own
For the first time, I’m concerned about my kids’ Jewishness as I send them off in the morning
Rattled by a sudden lack of indifference
A nonagenarian gives the memoir thing a go, revisiting his hard-knock Lancashire boyhood
Alix Kates Shulman on the creation of an ex-prom queen and protofeminist
A new volume of Hannah Arendt’s writing sheds light on the persistence of anti-Semitism
Matt Beynon Rees creates a new kind of sleuth
How Chagall—”the little Jew from Vitebsk”—became an art star
Daily Show writer Rob Kutner started putting on an annual Purimspiel five years ago. He discusses his rowdy and popular parody with Sara Ivry.
Thirty years ago, Leslie Epstein raised hackles with his fictional take on the Lodz ghetto
Hyman Bloom rose to fame, and fell into obscurity, with his eerie paintings of rabbis, ghosts, and demons
With a little self-invention and a lot of talent, Doc Pomus left his mark on rock ‘n’ roll
Four rarely-seen plays echo
What’s more unlikely than a romantic comedy
A son faces the ghosts his father left behind
Andre Aciman takes up the motifs explored in his memoir—desire, home, and memory—in a steamy debut novel, Call Me by Your Name.
Israeli band’s new album showcases distinctive mix of rock, klezmer, and funk
Senator’s parallel between region’s imperiled Christians and Jews draws ire
How much more evidence do we really need?
More proof that Israel is not becoming a theocracy
Their resolution itself is just as comically inept
Watchdog group cites more incidents through July 2014 than in all of 2013
Infamous audience member from 1993 show now married to a Jewish woman
To understand what’s happening in Crown Heights today, look at Instagram
You wouldn’t plotz if you lost a bingo game; zaftig is ‘more plump than heavy’
Some people lean on neighbors for a cup of sugar. The Fruchters, of Memphis, Tennessee, needed theirs to help them keep the Sabbath.
Forging ancient artifacts, procuring army sick passes, and pretending to be normal after a traumatic brain injury