The Search for Utopia Reaches the End of the Road in ‘American Commune’

Sex and drugs and Passover Seders: In a new documentary, two sisters reflect on their years on The Farm in the 1970s

Struggling To Preserve an Iranian Jewish Language Before It Goes Extinct

Jews from Iran to India once spoke their own languages. The few remaining speakers are now the ends of those linguistic lines.

According to Jewish Law and Custom, Must a Captain Go Down With His Ship?

The Costa Concordia captain wasn’t obligated to sacrifice his life. But he shouldn’t have abandoned his passengers.

Bar Mitzvah Boy Comes to the Aid of a Southern Synagogue in Disrepair

Elijah Schulman’s family had roots in Selma, Ala. Now his mitzvah project will help maintain its century-old temple.

What Spinoza Knew and Neuroscience Is Discovering: ‘Free Will’ Doesn’t Exist

In a new book, Heidi Ravven draws on philosophy, history, and neuroscience to argue that ethical behavior comes from looking outward, not within

‘Commie Camp’ Documentary Captures Camp Kinderland’s Idealism, and Its Imperfections

Once a utopian getaway for children of socialists and left-wing organizers, the camp remains an essential haven for ‘weird Jews’

For LGBT Orthodox Jews, Growth of Social Media Creates a Safe Space Online

Websites, blogs, Facebook groups, and online support groups offer the chance to connect without the risk of ‘going public’

Volunteer Service Draws Israeli Teens Before They Start Stints in Military

‘They learn to take responsibility, to be there for other people,’ says one organizer of the year-long Shin-Shin program

We Should Be Proud of the IDF Soldiers Who Took Lewd Pictures of Themselves

The Israeli army has always relied on its creativity. It could do with shedding even more prejudices, bad ideas, and pants.

How Lakewood, N.J., Is Redefining What It Means To Be Orthodox in America

Seventy years ago, Rabbi Aharon Kotler built an enduring community of yeshiva scholars by making peace with capitalism

Jewish Bellydancers in Brooklyn

My bellydancing students—Russian immigrants, Hasidic women—showed me a new side of the borough

An Army Chaplain’s Memorial Day of Hope

How one cantor gained a new view of the holiday, and a belief in a brighter future

At Home With a Jewish Psychic

Video: Astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo’s home reflects her mixed heritage—and wide-ranging spirituality

When Berlin Meant Business

Berlin was once home to 50,000 Jewish-owned businesses. A historian is now obsessively reconstructing their demise.

Jewish Centurions vs. Rome

Street performers who pose for tourists by the Colosseum battle city authorities

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