Don’t call yourselves progressives if you put up with religiously zealous, violent maniacs like Hamas
AIPAC, the so-called Jewish Lobby, has no influence in the White House and is scared to speak out
A new book shows how Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky was the ancestor of the Jews who now serve in the hate-Israel movement
What happened when Kenneth Fearing’s Communist sympathies came up against his ideas about art?
Now that you know the novelist’s incestuous secrets, is his newly reissued ‘Mercy of a Rude Stream’ quartet worth reading or not?
With the No. 1 album in America, the parodist proves yet again the full depth of his genius
Roman Jews have had a long love affair with tomatoes. This recipe for oven-browned ‘pomodori a mezzo’ will show you why.
For two weeks at Camp Simcha every summer, campers aren’t kids with cancer or kids with cerebral palsy. They’re just kids.
Antic embellishments, like Esther being good in bed, help Talmudic rabbis to more fully explicate the text’s divine meaning
Bat mitzvahs tell us less about tradition than they do about how girls create rites for coming of age, as the new book Today I Am a Woman shows
S. An-sky created a survey—never completed—on shtetl life in the 1910s. Its 2,087 questions offer a fascinating window on the Pale of Settlement.
Without ritual and prayer, grief for a lost loved one has no place to go. But can a convert to Judaism observe yahrzeit for a non-Jewish parent?
Evonne Marzouk, the Orthodox co-founder of a Jewish environmental group, insists the Torah holds us responsible for the earth’s well-being
It’s the time of year for apologies, but not everyone has forgiveness on their mind. An argument for not saying sorry until God does.
When an old frenemy gets back in touch, it raises the point crucial to Yom Kippur: Forgiveness doesn’t always fix everything, and that’s fine.
The second day of some Jewish holidays is mandated by rabbinic tradition, not Torah law. In today’s world, they’re increasingly hard to observe.
Video games teach us everything we need to know about the tension between destiny and free will
After the Arab Spring, a summer of Israeli protests, and the Palestinian bid for statehood, what will rabbis say in their High Holiday sermons?
The Republican presidential candidates’ refusal to believe in things like global warming isn’t just bad science; it’s also very poor religion
When Israelis and Palestinians choose politics over music, they’re guilty of the gravest offense in the Torah: acting like Amalek
A new anthology, Contending with Catastrophe, asks preeminent Orthodox rabbis to make sense of Sept. 11
Moses, the father of a radically egalitarian legal system, would have dug the soft financial revolution taking place in Iceland
The idyllic Peruvian city of Cusco is an obligatory stop on the South American tour for many young Israelis. For a few entrepreneurial expats, it’s also home.
Ten years after Sept. 11, in a Lower Manhattan neighborhood that hasn’t had a dedicated Jewish sanctuary since before the Civil War, a new synagogue opens
NPR anchor passes away at 68
Getting to the bottom of what the war in Gaza is about
‘Snapshot’ highlights traces of the city’s past using Polaroid-style frames
Day 23 of Operation Protective Edge
And a challenge for our readers
Says she’s also Menachem Begin’s third cousin
A teacher’s story
The famed and controversial atheist weighs in on Gaza
Israelis debate end goals of the campaign
Irving Finkel, an expert on ancient Mesopotamia, decodes a Babylonian tablet and traces its path to the Book of Genesis
How one shy, whistle-blowing intern in an Amsterdam archive uncovered a travesty that insulted a decimated community
Two economists argue that literacy, not laws forbidding land ownership, created a small, widely dispersed and highly skilled minority