Last week’s assassination of Hezbollah commander Hassan Laqqis in Beirut was a taste of what may come
Thanks to the Internet, Jerusalem seems closer than ever—but thanks to her government’s policy, remains out of reach
Innocent people shouldn’t fear walking down the street, whatever their faith—and everyone must push back against the madness
In the late 1950s, the Jewish department store mogul salvaged Chanel’s reputation—and burnished his own
Abel Meeropol’s ‘Strange Fruit’ gets remixed into Yeezus in a manner worthy of its creator, for song of the year
The Tattler: So what if Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer revive the Von Trapps? Is that so wrong?
Synagogues are full and kosher restaurants abound as liberal immigrants, Orthodox singles, and secular Jews come together
An ancient principle of Judaism, debated at length in the Oral Law, is that it is a sin to count Jews—or is it?
My family’s history gave me a pedigree as a Jewish New Yorker—until a visit revealed how quickly the past disappeared
A visit with Georges Moustaki, whose ballads are an epitaph for the French-speaking Jews of the Middle East
A farming town hid a Jewish-born teacher during the Holocaust. I went to dig up what it had buried.
The Alaev Family, from Tajikistan by way of Israel, turns traditional folk songs into infectious dance music
Danilo Kiš’s fiction, newly translated, mined the Shoah with a Borgesian sense of mystery
Jacques Berlinerblau’s book How To be Secular makes a historical case for a strong church-state division
Israel’s main library remains underfunded and short on staff, even as neighboring cultural institutions thrive
Where the Jackals Howl, Amos Oz’s newly reissued 1965 story collection, questions the virtues of toughness
The Moby-Dick author sought spiritual connection on an 1857 Holy Land trip. He found dust and rocks instead.
A series airing during Ramadan traffics in anti-Semitic themes but may show an evolving attitude toward Israel
The novelist and film critic was the most gifted also-ran of the 1960s Jewish-American literary renaissance
Bambi was invented by a Viennese Jew. David Rakoff, who died Aug. 9, examined the story’s dark side in 2006.
The son of Viennese refugees from Hitler, the gifted, menschy composer wrote the ultimate survivor’s song
Three decades after Saul Bellow fictionalized my love affair with the great art critic, it’s time for my version
The writers and editors behind the astonishing rise of Orthodox magazines and fiction
Acknowledging the comic’s gift to Zappa, Mailer, Roth, and the other macho titans of eccentric 1960s pop
NPR’s Planet Money wants to reunite Jennifer with her bat mitzvah t-shirt
That’s at least 100 corned beef sandwiches!
South African-born writer Benjamin Pogrund remembers an old friend
Plus Operation Israeli Weather 2.0, and more in the news
Sure it’s not a land deal, but maybe we’re getting somewhere?
Jerusalem’s Hummus satellite declares war on smart phones
My night with Kanye West and 20,000 other believers
‘Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Call to Transcendence,’ by Shai Held
With raunchy Auschwitz shot, naturally
The lingering effects of his massive Ponzi scheme on a century-old youth group, a Boston philanthropist, and small investors
Does sexually graphic material help Jewish continuity? ‘Unclean Lips’ argues for the unseemliness of Bruce, Roth, and their ilk.
The composer of the beloved Hanukkah song ‘Ocho Kandelikas’ shares stories and melodies from her past