In the Talmud, the Fall of a Priestly Upper Class Is Just Deserts

Biblical examples of righteousness and wickedness show that in Judaism, goodness remains possible and divine

The Truth About Santa, as Revealed to a Jewish Girl Circa 1980

Canadian comedian Ophira Eisenberg tells of the day she went to the mall and conquered her Christmas envy once and for all

How Christmas Helped Me Discover—and Eventually Reclaim—My Jewish Roots

When I was a child, my family’s history was hidden from me. Now I’ve made sure that my own child will always know where she came from.

Throwing Out the Ten Commandments—the Ones That Once Sat Atop My Cake

I found a memento from my bar mitzvah in my parents’ house. Was it finally time to let go of the past, or was it worth keeping?

When It Comes to Becoming a Mother, Sometimes Less Really Is More

I tried to get pregnant for months. But when my fertility treatments worked too well, I faced an unexpected moral quandary.

Finding Comfort in Synagogue—But Only When I’m on the Road

Overseas, I sought out ways to connect to the community, but when I came home, my old sense of alienation would quickly return

Nancy Drew and the Case of the Politically Incorrect Children’s Books

The young sleuth’s early mysteries were racist and anti-Semitic. Can problematic vintage texts still be valuable for kids?

Which Came First: Abraham and the Patriarchs or Moses and the Torah?

A Talmudic problem: Abraham lived before the law was given, so how can his actions be used to interpret the law?

Wrestling With a Biblical Passion for Clothing That Never Goes Out of Fashion

Commandments against waste run counter to the commercial push to buy the newest disposable clothes every season

Remembrance of Things Past: Moroccans Talk About the Jews Who Once Lived Among Them

An anthropologist from the Anti-Atlas region travels home to find out what four generations of his countrymen think of Jews

How Buying a Tallit at 46 Helped Me Claim My Place in the Jewish Community

I’ve struggled for decades to feel comfortable in synagogue as a single woman. Wrapped in a silk prayer shawl, I finally felt at home.

In Tel Aviv, Israel’s ‘Sin City,’ an Unexpected Religious Revival Takes Root

Synagogues are full and kosher restaurants abound as liberal immigrants, Orthodox singles, and secular Jews come together

What the Talmud Would Say About the Pew Survey of American Jews: Stop Counting

An ancient principle of Judaism, debated at length in the Oral Law, is that it is a sin to count Jews—or is it?

A Pilgrimage to the Vanishing Streets of My Grandmother’s Lower East Side

My family’s history gave me a pedigree as a Jewish New Yorker—until a visit revealed how quickly the past disappeared

My Wig Was Beautiful and Expensive, and Everybody Loved It—Except Me

When I got married, my sheitel was a symbol of my vows and my Orthodoxy. Then it became a symbol of my discontent.

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