Becoming an Unaffiliated Jew: Why I Left My Synagogue

There were a lot of little reasons I was unhappy. But ultimately, I realized I didn’t need to belong to a temple to feel Jewish.

Are Jews Meant To Be Farmers, Workers, or Thinkers?

So much of the Talmud is about working the land, and the rules that govern labor, profit, and loss

Faking It: Israel Story, Episode 1

Forging ancient artifacts, procuring army sick passes, and pretending to be normal after a traumatic brain injury

Losing Facebook Friends Over the War in Gaza

I tried to stay out of the fray, but I finally had to go public with my opinions about Israel, even if it meant my friends disagreed

How Can We Respect Both the Sanctity of Jewish Things and the Practical Needs of the Jews?

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis debate the value of recycling, upselling, renovation, and sacred trash

A Rebellious Orthodox Teenager’s Forbidden Love Affair

I broke away from my hometown’s Orthodox community. But the girl I wanted to date wasn’t sure she had the strength to follow me.

Orthodox Women Turn to Other Orthodox Women During Pregnancy and Childbirth

Observant mothers-to-be hire doulas who share their religious practices and understand their specific needs

The Summer’s Hottest Video Game Is About a Scholar Named Hershel

Forget blowing stuff up: Nintendo’s new hero is a brainy, puzzle-solving Jew

Venerable Michigan Deli Traces Its Culinary Roots All the Way to Budapest

Zingerman’s has added a range of Hungarian items—from soups to pastries—to its menu, and now it’s leading European food tours

‘Jewish Karma’: When Bad Things Happen to Good People Who Do Bad Things

I regretted my unkind words as soon as I wrote them. And then the pain I’d caused another person came back to haunt me.

American Jews Speak English, but Our Sacred Texts Are in Hebrew

What happens when the most authoritative guardians of the tradition are sometimes baffled by the tradition themselves?

By the Arch of Titus: Spending Tisha B’Av in Rome

Tisha B’Av was the first Jewish holiday I learned about growing up in Soviet Ukraine, and I’ve come to observe it in unexpected ways

People Who Secretly Love Feeling Miserable on Tisha B’Av

The holiday gives us permission to mourn for many things, personal and communal, that we avoid discussing the rest of the year

Kosher Chef Turns Catering Into a Spiritual Practice

Brian Schwadron studied with indigenous healers around the world. Now he’s using what he learned to create wedding banquets.

How To Turn Tomatoes Into an Italian Treat That Tastes Like Candy

Roman Jews have had a long love affair with tomatoes. This recipe for oven-browned ‘pomodori a mezzo’ will show you why.

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