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Drinking in Jerusalem: A Love Story. No, a Tragedy. No, an Adventure.

Three distinctive bars in the Holy City showcase local ingredients and characters. Just don’t call the bartenders ‘mixologists.’

An Unexpected Family Reunion, Seven Decades After the Holocaust

My husband’s grandmother’s family was decimated by the Nazis. But at 95, she discovered relatives she never knew.

Israeli Chefs Bring a New Spin on Middle Eastern Food to America

Shakshuka is on menus all over the country, and za’atar appears in Rachael Ray’s recipes. Can America love Israeli cuisine more?

How the Talmud Has Bridged the Gaps Between Various Jewish Cultures for Ages

By imbuing even the most mundane things—like vinegar—with importance, the rabbis find proof of sacred history

New Exhibit Honors a Portuguese Diplomat Who Saved Thousands From Nazis

Aristides de Sousa Mendes lost his reputation and his home. Now the grandson of a man he saved tries to restore both.

Letters to Summer Camp—From the Parents of Very Special Campers

What adults whose kids have purported psychic powers, from soulful Crystal Children to fiery Indigo Children, might say

The Talmud, in Seeking To Eliminate Ambiguity, Maps the Invisible Onto the Visible

Daf Yomi: Much of the rabbinical ingenuity is devoted to figuring out how to draw clear lines in murky situations

Deaf Rabbi Prepares To Lead a Hearing Congregation in Massachusetts

‘I may not hear very well, but I really know how to listen,’ says Rabbi Darby Leigh, as deaf Jews make strides in the community

Cooking Workshops Offer Israeli Foodies a Taste of African Cuisine

Kitchen Talks events allow migrants from Eritrea, Sudan, and elsewhere to share their recipes, and break down cultural barriers

To Restart Mideast Peace Talks, John Kerry Should Look to Video Games

From ‘Space Invaders’ to ‘Skyrim,’ video games offer valuable lessons that could help Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

The Search for Utopia Reaches the End of the Road in ‘American Commune’

Sex and drugs and Passover Seders: In a new documentary, two sisters reflect on their years on The Farm in the 1970s

New Books for Your Kids’ Summer Reading List: Jewish-Themed Fantasy Stories

New titles, for three different age groups, offer young readers an escape into fantastical fiction—with a Jewish twist

In the Shadow of the Divine, Reaping Unintended Benefits at the Edges of the Law

Daf Yomi: A closer look at the Holy of Holies provides a fascinating illustration of how the rabbis of the Talmud read the Bible

Struggling To Preserve an Iranian Jewish Language Before It Goes Extinct

Jews from Iran to India once spoke their own languages. The few remaining speakers are now the ends of those linguistic lines.

Appreciating the Talmud’s Sublime Devotion to Torah for Its Own Sake

Daf Yomi: For the rabbis, trivial—even outdated or immaterial—problems can provide the best thought experiments

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