We Should Be Proud of the IDF Soldiers Who Took Lewd Pictures of Themselves

The Israeli army has always relied on its creativity. It could do with shedding even more prejudices, bad ideas, and pants.

How Lakewood, N.J., Is Redefining What It Means To Be Orthodox in America

Seventy years ago, Rabbi Aharon Kotler built an enduring community of yeshiva scholars by making peace with capitalism

The Talmud Paints a Vivid Picture of Jewish Family Life in This Week’s Daf Yomi

Daf Yomi: Our literary critic discovers more rules on male authority, Shabbat meals, and how the rabbis thought about wealth

A Brooklyn-Based Prayer Leader Heralds a Revolution in Jewish Music

Joey Weisenberg’s music workshops—blending a democratic approach with a range of traditions—aim to boost engagement

Examining Life After a Crash

Two decades after a car accident in Jerusalem broke Joshua Prager’s neck, he looks at how it changed him

The Man I Married

My husband isn’t the same man he used to be. But that’s OK: I’m not the same woman he married, either.

Jewish Bellydancers in Brooklyn

My bellydancing students—Russian immigrants, Hasidic women—showed me a new side of the borough

A Congregation of One

When I met the last Jew in Afghanistan, I rediscovered the Jewish identity I’d rejected years before

The Boy in the Orthodox Bubble: Missing Out on a ‘Typical’ Childhood

Growing up religious, I missed out on a lot that other kids enjoyed. But looking back, I wouldn’t change it.

Sh*t My Dad Wrote

In his novel, Sam Halpern writes about Kentucky’s Jewish sharecroppers. A Q&A with the son who made him famous.

An Army Chaplain’s Memorial Day of Hope

How one cantor gained a new view of the holiday, and a belief in a brighter future

At Home With a Jewish Psychic

Video: Astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo’s home reflects her mixed heritage—and wide-ranging spirituality

Who Can Follow These Rules?

This week’s Talmud reading prompts strikingly contemporary questions about observance and belief

Israel’s New Culinary Chemists

Molecular gastronomy finally takes off in Israel, drawing kosher foodies and experimental chefs alike

When Berlin Meant Business

Berlin was once home to 50,000 Jewish-owned businesses. A historian is now obsessively reconstructing their demise.

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