In an excerpt from ‘Nuclear Iran,’ calculating, with scientific precision, just how far Iran has come in its quest for the bomb
I got my start in a contentious corner of the Jewish press. It’s good to be here again.
Everything you need to know about world turmoil today—from Obama to Assad to ISIS—is in the ethos of the Corleone family
The influential writer reflects on six decades of art, worry, and Jewish Princess jokes
Assassinated for his opposition to Zionism, de Haan’s life was a succession of scandals, from sex with young Arabs to radical diplomacy
‘This Changes Everything’ is great, except for the parts that don’t add up
Trying to understand this baffling story, which we read on Yom Kippur, gave me insights into my mother’s death
They stole. They murdered. But many Jewish mobsters still saw religious observance as an integral part of their identity.
The Book of Jonah teaches us to reach beyond our own community with the holiday’s message—whether we are accepted or rejected
Gutzon Borglum, the monomaniacal sculptor of Mount Rushmore, was an anti-Semite, but also the kind of wise-hearted artist praised in this week’s parasha
Like Moses, who staked his place in history to defend his people after the Golden Calf debacle, Madoff, too, realized that the true value of money isn’t always what it seems
This week’s parasha introduces a medium for distinguishing truth from falsehood. On the radio, where actors are hired to read scripts and pretend to be real people, things aren’t so simple.
God wants his people to build opulently, as he instructs Moses in this week’s parasha. While today they mostly don’t, there’s always Ralph Lauren, who built a new Beaux Arts mansion in New York.
Faced with a story I wanted to start but felt certain I couldn’t, I turned to the literary gods. Now Harold Bloom owes me $213.27.
If Jews want to influence the public conversation, they must heed the lesson of this week’s parasha—the one about an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
After World War II, many Polish Jews abandoned their faith. Now their children are rediscovering the religion and culture that was hidden from them.
In the third installment of “Tell Mitzi,” Tablet Magazine’s illustrated question-and-answer column, Mitzi learns about a funny nightmare—and engages in a metaphysical digression
Ehud Barak should forsake his arrogance, take a page from Moses, the hero of this week’s parasha, and recognize that leading can require giving up power
A newfound fascination with exploring her religion brought a somewhat reluctant joiner to Limmud NY, a frenzied three-day festival of Jewish thought. Here’s her diary.
Alone among the Bible’s heroes, the prophet Devorah, my namesake and the hero of this week’s haftorah, didn’t need a man to make her complete. But what can a modern single woman learn from her?
The musician Debbie Friedman, who died Sunday, helped inaugurate liberal Judaism’s sing-along style of worship and awaken her listeners to an inclusive, progressive, and accessible strain of spirituality
Moses, the hero of this week’s parasha, knew about the importance of the public domain, in which shared stories shape common consciousness. But today we’re much more interested in private profit.
I turned in my book’s manuscript almost a month ago, but my editor doesn’t seem to have read it yet. It makes a writer wonder what he’s doing instead.
Astral Weeks, Van Morrison’s seminal album, is more than a masterful piece of music; it’s a cry for redemption that Moses, the hero of this week’s parasha, would have understood
Who needs Christian Bale as Moses when Val Kilmer did a brilliant job in the 90s?
Baruch Lebovits, who pleaded guilty to child molestation in May, served less than three months
Rudolf Hess’ prison food is being photographed for the first time.
How the 1984 paranormal comedy ended up in the conservative film canon
Jill Soloway’s latest offering is absorbing, sincere, and tender
A case of how doing what seems wrong can also be what’s right
Setting the record straight on the Hall of Famer’s 69th birthday
Talmudic scholars have never agreed on the pre-Yom Kippur chicken sacrifice
Rivlin joins 11-year-old George Amira, whose anti-bullying video went viral
On a new album, the captivating leader of the band Pharaoh’s Daughter reclaims the music that dominated her religious childhood
Chaya Ben Baruch’s sixth child was born with Down syndrome. Then she did what every good mother does—set out to find him a mate.
The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.