Hamas today is in the same position as Yasser Arafat once was: sacrificing its people to a corrupted ideal
French journalist says that alleged shooter Mehdi Nemmouche was his jailer in Syria, may have also tormented James Foley
A new piece of legislation seeks to upset the status quo over which language the Jewish state deems official. It’s deeply misguided.
In an excerpt from a new biography, the great showman asks, ‘What does music mean?’
The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.
How under the weight of history, all memory becomes holy—even the memory that should not
The Talmud imagines the world as organized for the benefit of Torah sages, even in matters of sex and death
These Jewish leaders’ influence has been felt around the country, in every denomination, even if you don’t know them by name
Some Modern Orthodox teens observe ‘half-Shabbat,’ using cell phones in private. How widespread is the trend? Is it a crisis?
Rebecca Goldstein discusses Spinoza, the ‘New Atheists,’ and the biggest question of all
A new book explores the rich history of Turkey’s Dönme, Sephardic Jews who converted to Islam in the 1600s
A philosopher and a professional schmoozer discuss the art of conversation
Austen, Dickinson, blintzes, and Prague
The children’s books that traumatized a generation
The controversial leftist Israeli politcal scientist Zeev Sternhell paints a damning, if perhaps uncontextualized, portrait of ‘anti-Enlightenment’ thinkers
Believers and atheists
How Europe’s 19th and early 20th century Jews changed everything
Stanley Moss is either the most religiously profane or profanely religious poet around
In a 1931 novel, Ernst Weiss integrated medicine and literature
Cartoons, both serious and zany
A collection of old world Jewish jokes feels a little funny
Who owns Holocaust history?
Yosef Yerushalmi, who died Tuesday, was a pioneer in the field of Jewish studies
A biography examines the life of ghetto insurgent and Zionist bard Abba Kovner
The 11-year-olds were wearing uniforms of local Jewish secondary school
An excerpt from Lucinda Franks’ Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me
Predicting which Israelis will win the esteemed award is a national pastime
The singer also attributes past bad press to anti-Semitic and anti-female bias
Responding to critics of my essay about Israel media coverage
Stylish Westchester preteens steal the show from Marc Jacobs
Convicted murderer and rapist also seeks $15,000 in punitive damages
YIVO director of education says the language is still very much alive
Oskar Groening, 93, was tried in Germany for helping operate Auschwitz
Batya Ungar-Sargon discusses her exposé on the tax rolls and funding cuts that fueled an ethnic rift in East Ramapo, N.Y.
Some people lean on neighbors for a cup of sugar. The Fruchters, of Memphis, Tennessee, needed theirs to help them keep the Sabbath.