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.

Bar Mitzvahs on the Beach

Destination bar and bat mitzvahs take Jewish ceremonies to exotic locations—far from the synagogue back home

In Praise of Dairy Restaurants

A visit to B&H Restaurant on Second Avenue brings back memories of milchig establishments of yore

The Other Torah

A new English translation of the Samaritan Torah offers scholars a different version of the sacred text

The Irrelevance of Pleasure

As the rabbis remind us again this week, the law is the law—whether it pleases you or not

A Different Taste of Shavuot

How to celebrate a holiday known for dairy dishes if you’re avoiding milk or simply watching your weight

Finding Solace in the Jewish Calendar After Our Daughter’s Accident

Her recovery paralleled the holidays, from Purim to Passover to Shavuot

The Great Baby Divide

I knew my friends weren’t keen on kids. Then I found out that they didn’t much care for parents, either.

Even Criminals Rest in Peace

What would Jewish law have to say about alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s burial?

How To Make the Ultimate Blintzes

Video: Cook up delicious cheese-filled crepes from scratch—the perfect dairy recipe for Shavuot

The Woman Behind the Dolls

Madame Alexander launched her iconic doll company 90 years ago—decades before Barbie was born

You Only Live Once

The Talmudic rabbis saw the world as a wedding—a place of charity and pleasures to be enjoyed while it lasts

A Sweet Deal for Honey & Co.

The Israeli owners of London’s intimate Middle Eastern restaurant score a six-figure cookbook deal

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