The evolution of Jewish American political discourse from outsider counter-culture to ‘never again a victim’
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
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?’
Video: Throw away your jars of gray fish patties. This Rosh Hashanah, make a terrine that’ll have doubters asking for seconds.
A new shoe offers some extra height to Jews of shorter stature. But why prey on insecurities and stereotypes to sell footwear?
The Talmud imagines the world as organized for the benefit of Torah sages, even in matters of sex and death
At Jews in the Woods, a spiritual retreat for college students, I tried to see how I’d fit in if I converted to Judaism
My grandfather never talked about his time in a concentration camp. Five years after his death, I finally heard his story.
How did a Jewish boy from New Jersey end up speaking with a Jamaican accent? It’s an enduring inheritance from a woman who raised me.
After my grandparents came to America, they changed our name. Decades later, I changed it back—and rediscovered a lost history.
Although Rabbi Helga Newmark survived the horrors of the Holocaust, a childhood slight—from Anne Frank—stayed with her for the rest of her life
I grew up in a world of observance, separate from secular America, but soon realized that the borders are more porous than they seem
As New Mexico marks 100 years of statehood, one woman looks back on her great-aunt and -uncle, who helped spur a century of Jewish life there
Having decided not to get Internet in his new apartment, a graduate student winds up stealing it from the Chabadniks next door
Today would have been Yitzhak Rabin’s 90th birthday—as good a time as any to remember, and repent for, the time I considered assassinating him.
Most soldiers in Basic Training attend services just for the snacks. The lemonade was good, but it was the Torah that kept me coming back.
A small temple in Olean was just added to the National Register of Historic Places, but for one girl growing up there, it always had cultural significance
A lost German passport—and tenuous ties to citizenship—cause a bureaucratic nightmare and a revelation about place and belonging
The road to marriage churns up an unusual conundrum: What happens when you fall for the matchmaker—not the match?
Accepting Central Synagogue’s annual Shofar Award for my lifetime of activism, I found myself intrigued and perplexed by the language of adulation
At a preschool Hanukkah celebration—held in a nice liberal church—an atheistic Jew wonders where he fits in, and what to tell his daughter
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.