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Sephardic Sounds

A new compilation album highlights the diversity of contemporary Jewish music

Fit to Eat

Author Sue Fishkoff reports on the world of kosher food production and consumption

Regeneration

A new report tries to understand the demographic shift facing Jewish leadership

From Babka to Za’atar

Gil Marks is making his encyclopedic knowledge of Jewish food available to the rest of us

A Serious Mensch

Fyvush Finkel’s career, rooted in Yiddish theater, has lasted nearly eight decades. And he’s not planning on retirement anytime soon.

A Shul for Shanghai

Shanghai’s historic Ohel Rachel Synagogue was allowed to serve as a place of worship during the World Expo, which closes this week. Now what?

Close Encounter

Rodger Kamenetz’s new book connects Rabbi Nachman, Franz Kafka, a turkey, and a cockroach

Grandmother’s House

Her family’s Holocaust-haunted past informs the new album from singer-songwriter Clare Burson

Up With Pessimism!

David Rakoff makes the case for an un-American approach to living

Most Favored Nations

For Jews and for Americans, what does it mean to be a chosen people?

Back in the USSR

Gal Beckerman recalls the Struggle for Soviet Jewry, which reinvigorated a tradition of Jewish political engagement

2,000-Year-Old Man

Reconsidering Hillel, the legendary rabbi whose distillation of Judaism’s core teachings still applies

Gimme Shelter

A design competition invites new takes on the sukkah

In the Rearview

Novelist Darin Strauss talks about living with, and atoning for, a terrible car accident

Visiting the Dead

A visit to New York’s Mount Carmel Cemetery highlights how far American Jews have drifted from their immigrant ancestors, geographically and ritually

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