I got my start in a contentious corner of the Jewish press. It’s good to be here again.
Everything you need to know about world turmoil today—from Obama to Assad to ISIS—is in the ethos of the Corleone family
‘Chained wives,’ refused Jewish divorces by their husbands, take to social media
‘This Changes Everything’ is great, except for the parts that don’t add up
A veteran practitioner of the art of translation considers the challenges—and successes—of Hebrew literature
For centuries, Western classical music propelled listeners toward Christian salvation. Then Jewish music changed everything.
Even if the person you wronged doesn’t remember what you did, it can still make a difference to ask for forgiveness. Maybe.
As Yom Kippur approaches, I’ll share what I’ve learned about how to apologize—and how not to
After my mother died, I couldn’t recite the High Holiday prayer anymore—until I gained a new understanding of its words
Seventy years ago, a contentious novel scrutinized Judaism through the eyes of a young boy
A young poet’s journey on the island of Djerba
A new biography shines a light on Marie Syrkin
His masked hero has arrived on the big screen, but it’s Will Eisner’s slice-of-life comics that loom large
An elegant history of a Lower East Side landmark
Rereading Yehuda Amichai through the lens of heartbreak
A new book probes Augustine’s vexing ‘defense’ of Judaism
What it all means for us
Nazis in the workplace, what Kafka’s writings presaged
How the writer’s work directly inspired his art
Frederick Busch feared his novel Invisible Mending would upset readers. He didn’t anticipate his own discomfort.
How the writer found his way to an office
A weeklong inquiry into how workaday fact inspired masterwork fiction
Edward Kritzler’s uneven history of Jewish pirates
A forgotten collaboration connects Bob Dylan to Hollywood
The New York Times substitutes a bogus headline for actual reporting
It was meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Unlikely arrangement saves ornate ark as NYC temple becomes condominium
Paul Berman, Matti Friedman, Todd Gitlin, Heather Rogers, and Marc Weitzmann Give Us Five Reasons to Celebrate the New Year
Israel’s elite intelligence force now accepts virtual applications
The real-life gangster was a few years too late for the Prohibition-era show
The rocker will perform a free concert at his former high school tonight
Haaretz writer booted from Birzeit conference; will an academic boycott ensue?
Visiting Warsaw with my uncle, I saw a different part of WWII history
On a new album, the captivating leader of the band Pharaoh’s Daughter reclaims the music that dominated her religious childhood
Chaya Ben Baruch’s sixth child was born with Down syndrome. Then she did what every good mother does—set out to find him a mate.
The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.