Italy’s Only Female Rabbi Digs Up the Country’s Hidden Jewish Roots

Barbara Aiello has uncovered many Italians’ secret histories. But her methods and theories have won her many detractors.

Breast Cancer Survivor Michelle Arbel Helps Other Survivors Feel Whole Again

The Israeli entrepreneur’s prosthetic nipples allow women to regain confidence in their appearance and avoid additional surgery

Talmud for Boys, Challah-Making for Girls—Gender Rules in Orthodox Day Schools

Gender-typing is at work as early as daycare. A new book examines how this inequity plays out and undermines religious classrooms.

Did Moses Intermarry? Who Says He Did—and Why Do They Want To Know?

Some Reform leaders see Moses as a model to ease modern tensions. But such a reading of the Torah is strained—and risky.

The Jewish Prescription for Inequality: Work Hard, Get Rich, Be Good

For good advice on economic policy, stop whining and listen to what Maimonides has to say

Stop Talking: Why the Cult of Dialogue Is Hurting Us

From the recent Hillel controversy to a scuffle sweeping the Israeli educational system, conversation is held as sacred. It isn’t.

Dungeons & Dragons Is Basically a Nerdier Spin on Judaism

The popular role-playing game, published 40 years ago this week, demands nearly Talmudic attention

The Power of a Circle: Standing Hand-in-Hand to Overcome Discrimination

Listen to Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1958 speech at my synagogue, and you’ll understand how his words continue to inspire activism

The Haftarah Reading That Inspired Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’

King’s speech draws on a part of Isaiah that Jews recite after Tisha B’Av—offering a model for revitalizing his mission

A Younger Generation Finds a New Place To Talk About Mourning

Two Jewish women launched Modern Loss to help twenty- and thirtysomethings start a new conversation about struggling with grief

As the Jewish Community Goes Gray, Synagogues Adapt To Serve Older Congregants

Baby boomers and seniors are a growing segment of the community, with specific needs for programming, rituals, and accessibility

Wrestling With a Biblical Passion for Clothing That Never Goes Out of Fashion

Commandments against waste run counter to the commercial push to buy the newest disposable clothes every season

Remembrance of Things Past: Moroccans Talk About the Jews Who Once Lived Among Them

An anthropologist from the Anti-Atlas region travels home to find out what four generations of his countrymen think of Jews

In Tel Aviv, Israel’s ‘Sin City,’ an Unexpected Religious Revival Takes Root

Synagogues are full and kosher restaurants abound as liberal immigrants, Orthodox singles, and secular Jews come together

In Defense of the Crass Consumerism of Walmart—and Everyone Else

Enough already with blasting shopping as soulless: Jewish tradition is nothing if not a defense of commerce

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