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
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
Between stops on a world tour, Alisa Weilerstein remembers the late Elliott Carter and plays us some Bach
If a society’s vitality is evidenced by the pulse of its dance music, then there’s hope for Israel
How Itay Lukach and YouTube defeated the bombast of Subliminal to revive Israeli rap
Yossi Green, the Satmar-raised composer who found inspiration in Roberta Flack, writes Jewish spirituals
Shlomo Carlebach, who died 18 years ago this week, was a reflection of the pain of post-Holocaust Jewry
The maestro slams artistic boycotts and Israel’s Palestinian stance as his Philharmonic visits Carnegie Hall
The rock star’s new tribute to his teacher, the writer Delmore Schwartz, illuminates their common genius
The impresario on his new book, likely the only one to feature both Bon Jovi and the Bobover Rebbe in the index
The genius of Steely Dan talks blacks, Jews, and Lenny Bruce—and his new record, Sunken Condos
A new biography of the singer, performing in Brooklyn this week, tells how a penniless teen got her star born
Tel-Aviv-based band Men of North Country has become a neo-Mod sensation in London
The Grammy Award-winning violinist and producer talks Kanye West, Jay-Z, and serving in the IDF
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
Annual retreat draws a diverse group with a love for the Jewish language
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.