The evolution of Jewish American political discourse from outsider counter-culture to ‘never again a victim’
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
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?’
Video: Throw away your jars of gray fish patties. This Rosh Hashanah, make a terrine that’ll have doubters asking for seconds.
A new shoe offers some extra height to Jews of shorter stature. But why prey on insecurities and stereotypes to sell footwear?
The Talmud imagines the world as organized for the benefit of Torah sages, even in matters of sex and death
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?
The rise and fall of the synagogue organ
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
Controversy over the senator’s remarks has distracted from the real issue
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
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.