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‘Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah’: Inside 19th-Century Yiddish Letter-Writing Manuals

Correspondence templates taught Jews both literacy and how to be modern. A new anthology shows their entertainment value.

Fridays With Zalman: The Spiritual Wisdom of Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

The legendary rabbi talks about free love, doing LSD with Timothy Leary, and mortality in a new book, ‘The December Project’

Why Read Daf Yomi? To Rediscover an Older Way of Imagining the Jewish Spirit.

To the Talmudic rabbis, religion was not opposed to the law but deeply connected to its study, even if dialogue wins over decree

When a Daughter of the Holocaust Meets a Daughter of the Third Reich

No one Lynn talked to understood how she, the child of a survivor, could cut ties with her family. Then she met Inga.

A Literary-Culinary Connection: Dishes Inspired by Israeli Novelists

A lecture series in Jerusalem cooks up recipes based on the work of Meir Shalev, Chaim Nachman Bialik, and others

When My Baby Says Her First Word, Will It Be in English or in Russian?

As a Soviet Jewish émigré, I broke all ties to Russia and its language—or so I thought, until my daughter was born

Israelis Develop a Taste for Georgian Cuisine—and Put a New Spin on It

Immigrants from the former Soviet republic brought their recipes to Israel, where chefs and TV shows have made them popular

The Talmud Is a Training Manual for Jews Preparing for the Next Holy Era

For a hundred generations Jews lived in anticipation of redemption, a historical tension that continues to define Judaism

Intermarried Couples Can Still Build Jewishly Engaged Families

My husband is Episcopalian, but together we have created a committed Jewish family and stayed part of the Jewish community

Your Kids Love ‘Cosmos.’ Keep Them Interested in Science With These Books.

The relaunched TV series can inspire children to read more about the universe. Here are some great titles to get them started.

An Orthodox Woman Wears Many Hats: How To Blend In While Standing Out

Covering my hair makes me feel like part of the Orthodox community. But how I cover it makes me feel like an individual.

Orthodox Parents of LGBT Children Navigate Their Own Coming Out Process

A weekend retreat inspires advocacy for gay Orthodox Jews and creates a support network for families in religious communities

Reading Megillah in Tehran: How Iranian Jews Celebrate Purim

As Jews around the world commemorate the rescue of Persian Jewry, how do those who live where the story took place mark the day?

For Transgender Jews, a Visit to the Western Wall Holds Unique Symbolism

Praying on the side with their chosen gender is a quiet political statement for some, and a personal milestone for others

Christians Have Fallen in Love With Queen Esther, Purim’s Jewish Heroine

In recent novels, sermons, and Bible-study guides, evangelicals and mainline Protestants alike find inspiration in the biblical tale

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