The steel magnate—son-in-law of the former president and once a symbol of post-Soviet nepotism—now advocates for the rule of law
The group has maintained an uneasy status quo despite losing key allies in Tehran, Damascus, and Cairo
Last week’s assassination of Hezbollah commander Hassan Laqqis in Beirut was a taste of what may come
A match a century in the making brings two tough, funny, liberated stars into glorious alignment
Sefi Rivlin, the iconic Israeli comedian who died earlier this month, revolutionized the country’s political scene
A newly published collection reminds that grotesque images of Jews were routinely mailed by ordinary people around the world
I’ve struggled for decades to feel comfortable in synagogue as a single woman. Wrapped in a silk prayer shawl, I finally felt at home.
Synagogues are full and kosher restaurants abound as liberal immigrants, Orthodox singles, and secular Jews come together
An ancient principle of Judaism, debated at length in the Oral Law, is that it is a sin to count Jews—or is it?
Tempestuous, cold, and intensely private, Elsa Morante considered herself a genius. Are others finally starting to agree?
What’s it like to discover that your great-uncle was a mobster?
In the 1930s, boxing was more infused with politics than ever before
Unearthing the history of discrimination in the Ivy League
Jacques de Lacretelle won praise when he wrote in Dreyfus’ shadow, but today his portrait of a prep-school peer looks grotesque.
Examining Maimonides with Sherwin Nuland
Lionel Trilling was a classicist who did not believe in creativity’s lower depths. So what did he see in Isaac Babel?
Aaron Hamburger’s Americans abroad are not so innocent
When girls want to know how Stacy Friedman’s bat mitzvah compares with my own, I need to be armed with answers.
Fiction echoes the nightly news
In The Life of David, the first book in Nextbook’s Jewish Encounters series, Robert Pinsky examines the legacy of one of the Bible’s most compelling figures
Translating and Transmitting the Law
Fathers, Sons, Brothers, and Heirs
Orthodox fashionistas everywhere rejoice
There’s a headline we weren’t quite ready for
Plus Jason Segel is David Foster Wallace, and more in the news
Watch the snowfall in the Old City on “The Kotel Cam”
URJ’s 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy has robotics, video game design, and more
The American-Israeli economist’s name has been floated for other gigs
Fox’s popular otherwordly TV show borrows some familiar Judaic lore
We’re pretty sure Jews didn’t write this one
Plus 58 cases of measles among Hasidic Jews in 2013, and more in the news
The lingering effects of his massive Ponzi scheme on a century-old youth group, a Boston philanthropist, and small investors
Does sexually graphic material help Jewish continuity? ‘Unclean Lips’ argues for the unseemliness of Bruce, Roth, and their ilk.
The composer of the beloved Hanukkah song ‘Ocho Kandelikas’ shares stories and melodies from her past