Miracle on New Jersey Avenue

From the archives: An unexpected profusion of gifts for six Brooklyn siblings

Week at a Glance

Pornographic vegan cupcakes and other highlights of a West Coast Hanukkah

Festival of Candles

Celebrating Hanukkah—and my grandfather’s birthday—whether behind drawn curtains in Lithuania or openly in Canada

Dolls of the World

The revelation behind a houseful of aging belongings

Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon

The frenetic, hormonally charged days before a bat mitzvah

Let Us Eat Cake

There’s only one Biblical birthday bash

The Dude Abides

What happens when an agnostic follows all the rules in the Bible? A.J. Jacobs finds out.

The Etrog Man

A consummate salesman sings the praises of this unusual fruit

Ritual du Jour

Vanessa Ochs studies “bark mitzvahs” and other modern inventions

Sing a New Song

Robert Alter’s version of Psalms strives to recapture their Hebrew beauty.

Live and Become

It took only 25 years for one woman’s conversion to take effect

You Be Saved

Janice Erlbaum gets more than a manicure at the nail salon

Fertility Rites

The longing that made a writer turn to God

Crying Game

Shedding tears is no way to write a novel

Enduring Love

Feeling betrayed by God, a father refuses to sacrifice his son

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