One Middle Eastern nation does indeed pay to influence U.S. foreign policy. Hint: It’s not Israel.
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
What role does America play in Jewish life, and by extension what kind of Jewish literature can be created here?
New novel ‘The Betrayers’ boldly places at its center the most famous refusenik and all he represents for Soviet Jewry
In an excerpt from a new biography, the great showman asks, ‘What does music mean?’
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?
A visit with Arkady Gendler, the last link to the living roots of Yiddish culture, on the eve of a new album
Hip-hop artist Scarface’s anti-Semitic tirade may actually signal the beginning of a new, better cultural era
Rock legend Al Kooper opens up to Princeton’s Sean Wilentz about making music with Bob Dylan, and more
The writer unpacks her record collection and the lazy pleasures of a lifelong music listener
On a quest for Jewish soul at the ‘Blues for Challah’ Grateful Dead Shabbat retreat
In a bid to attract Brooklyn’s Jews, the Barclays Center hosts Itzhak Perlman and a legendary cantor
Backed by music exec Jeff Ayeroff, composer Hillel Tigay tries to recreate the sounds of the ancient Temple
Meet the genius Jewish rapper from Queens who isn’t up for a Grammy, but should be, and will be
The influence of Vladimir Vysotsky, who would have been 75 this week, reaches far beyond his homeland
The top 10 Christmas songs written by Jews, from ‘Silver Bells’ to ‘Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow’
A tribute to the free-associating genius of the Silver Jews, whose work has flowed in and out of my life
With the new Broadway musical A Christmas Story, songwriter Benj Pasek continues a storied tradition
Phil Spector and Leonard Cohen’s incredible album, released 35 years ago, is a time capsule of American pop music
On the anniversary of the Beatle’s assassination, turning to his wild, controversial biographer for enlightenment
John Zorn’s Tzadik record label compiles the radical work of the 1980s New York jazz group Hasidic New Wave
Ringing in the Jewish New Year with an artisanal tahini and honey spread
‘Anti-Semitism Antenna’ will be accessible by phone and online
Inspired by Leviticus, eScapegoat lets users offload sins onto a virtual goat
Controversy over the senator’s remarks has distracted from the real issue
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
The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.
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.