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.

Camp Offers Sick Jewish Children—and Their Families—a Vacation From Illness

For two weeks at Camp Simcha every summer, campers aren’t kids with cancer or kids with cerebral palsy. They’re just kids.

When the Talmud Offers Close Readings of Sacred Fictions

Antic embellishments, like Esther being good in bed, help Talmudic rabbis to more fully explicate the text’s divine meaning

How a British Museum Curator Discovered Noah’s Ark Would Have Been Round

Irving Finkel, an expert on ancient Mesopotamia, decodes a Babylonian tablet and traces its path to the Book of Genesis

I Grew Up in Toronto, but You Can’t Tell From My Accent

I don’t talk like my fellow Torontonians because I was raised inside the ‘Bathurst Bubble,’ the city’s Jewish community

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