The secretary of state prattles about imaginary treaties while the Arab world is engulfed by a Sunni-Shia civil war
Why is a Jewish group dedicated to tolerance honoring a politician who has failed to support religious minorities?
Robert Worth, David Goldman, Edward Luttwak, Amos Harel, Nathan Thrall, and Lee Smith on the new Arab map
Remembering Yiddishist, linguistics scholar, Holocaust survivor, and painter Edward Stankiewicz, who died this year
Saul Bellow was a complicated father to his three sons. In a new book, the eldest tries to parse his inheritance.
The show’s demise is a blow for musical theater—the art that incorporates virtually every other form of art
Video: Astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo’s home reflects her mixed heritage—and wide-ranging spirituality
This week’s Talmud reading prompts strikingly contemporary questions about observance and belief
Molecular gastronomy finally takes off in Israel, drawing kosher foodies and experimental chefs alike
Moving from translation into fiction, Evan Fallenberg conjures an unlikely romance
Selim Nassib’s latest novel riffs on rumors of Golda Meir’s affair with a Palestinian banker
In Arnon Grunberg’s fiction, there are no unmentionables
Clarice Lispector’s gorgeous, vibrant writings made one writer’s head—and heart—spin
How a tubercular shoemaker became a great Yiddish poet
Margot Singer’s debut collection explores one woman’s quest to connect
How an antiwar novel became a best-selling solace for Israeli soldiers and their families
Meir Shalev holds forth on pigeons, homeland, and why reading a book is like a blind date
A historical children’s book with conflicting ideas on Jewishness
A young critic weighs in on three new novels
In 1945, Jerzy Andrzejewski’s novel of the Warsaw ghetto enraged Poles and Jews alike. How will it read to audiences today?
Anthropologist Ruth Behar keeps returning to the place her family left behind
Exactly who heeded the call of Abraham? Book touring makes a writer wonder.
Norman Mailer brings out the evil in all of us
What would Jewish law have to say about alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s burial?
The Internet says the Lost Temple of Israel is hidden in the South Pacific. A reporter went to investigate.
Why the Israel Defense Forces hit Syria—and why they believe that Assad won’t hit back
“Let them dance, let them sing—but don’t make wars.”
The beginning to the world’s best Craigslist ad?
Los Angeles just elected its first Jewish mayor
The man reportedly confessed to a 2011 triple homicide
From Syria to elections to Iran’s nuclear program
Plus FBI kills man linked to Boston Marathon bombing suspect
Plus Steve Cohen, Al Jazeera, and Mila Kunis
He was one of the last three remaining Warsaw Ghetto fighters
The Doors guitarist remembers the influential keyboardist
Berlin was once home to 50,000 Jewish-owned businesses. A historian is now obsessively reconstructing their demise.
A visit to B&H Restaurant on Second Avenue brings back memories of milchig establishments of yore
Singer Vera Gran was haunted by allegations of Nazi collaboration. A new book asks if survival made her guilty.