In 2011, Tel Aviv’s Daphni Leef helped ignite the J14 movement for social change. She looks back at what went wrong.
Members of the Kurdish religious sect are under siege in Iraq. Who are they? What do they believe? And what is to be done?
While Hamas fires rockets, and ISIS beheads unbelievers, the Kurds build the second non-Arab state in the Middle East
Is Jewish rebellion really a form of submission? Two new novels and one political critic examine apostasy.
To Peter Himmelman, fame was no match for observance, and the music just got better
Historian Alon Confino traces a source of today’s global anti-Semitism to the ethical revolution triggered by Kristallnacht
They focus on fairness, community, and social justice—rather than profit. And some of the food is pretty good, too.
In his Jaffa café, London native Danny Phillips hopes that savory, sweet, and vegan pastries can bring Arabs and Jews together
There were a lot of little reasons I was unhappy. But ultimately, I realized I didn’t need to belong to a temple to feel Jewish.
Out and about with Leonard Nimoy and Lou Reed
How World War II turned a Soviet loyalist into a dissident novelist. Plus: An audio interview with the editor of A Writer at War.
A tour through my private Grand Guignol
Dani Levy on his groundbreaking comedy that swept the German Oscars
Lynn Freed’s fiction brings to life the South African city she left behind. Plus: An audio excerpt from the short story “Foreign Student.”
Has Elie Wiesel made a Faustian bargain with Oprah Winfrey?
A picture of post-Soviet provincial life, both Jewish and gentile
Falling for a younger man who wants an arranged marriage. Plus: An audio interview with the author.
Madonna, Kabbalah, and me
Tiffany Shlain reaches back to the Pleistocene era to explain assimilation in America
VH1′s So Jewtastic is a case of the lady who doth protest too much
When Italians fell for klezmer, Francesco Spagnolo tuned them in to the forgotten sounds of their own people
A comedienne’s special kind of holiday cheer
A riddle for the Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai
Tempestuous, cold, and intensely private, Elsa Morante considered herself a genius. Are others finally starting to agree?
Doesn’t address whether or not Hamas commander was killed in Gaza strike
B.K.S. Iyengar, who died today, worked closely with musician Yehudi Menuhin
Rick Santorum says tourism is down 95 percent. That’s not exactly true.
Controversial reality show patriarch and preacher son headlining annual event
Max Liebermann painting part of massive Munich trove discovered in 2012
Cantor Lee Schwartz kicks it way, way old school
During demonstration in St. Louis sparked by fatal police shooting of teen
Gaza health officials report two children injured in retaliatory Israeli air strikes
Forging ancient artifacts, procuring army sick passes, and pretending to be normal after a traumatic brain injury
After making a splash back home, the creators of the Hebrew-language program are launching an English version on Vox Tablet
From the Archive: With a women’s-only gig at Arlene’s Grocery in New York this week, Bulletproof Stockings hits the bigger time