Great Escapes

When the challenges of joint custody become overwhelming, an Israeli stepmother of two teenagers finds vacations can bring her blended family together

Fun Factor

Natalie Portman, the Harvard-educated, politically active, award-nominated actress, is a great example of why kids should stop trying so hard and start having fun

Radio Daze

This week’s parasha introduces a medium for distinguishing truth from falsehood. On the radio, where actors are hired to read scripts and pretend to be real people, things aren’t so simple.

Out of Egypt

For Egyptian-born Jews, the current crisis elicits a mix of emotions—from nostalgia for an idyllic existence under the monarchy to the terror of being chased out to calls of ‘kill the Jews’

Illustrious

Simms Taback, prolific children’s book author and illustrator and designer of the original McDonald’s Happy Meal, creates art that is kooky, zany, poignant, and seriously Jewish

Built to Last

God wants his people to build opulently, as he instructs Moses in this week’s parasha. While today they mostly don’t, there’s always Ralph Lauren, who built a new Beaux Arts mansion in New York.

High Anxiety

Faced with a story I wanted to start but felt certain I couldn’t, I turned to the literary gods. Now Harold Bloom owes me $213.27.

Medium Well

Saying goodbye to Medium, the surprisingly Jewish television show that perfectly captured the realities of parenting, the depths of grief, and the joys of everyday life

High Noon

If Jews want to influence the public conversation, they must heed the lesson of this week’s parasha—the one about an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

Tale of Two Treats

Schnecken and rugelach, though often mistaken for each other and both delicious examples of Jewish baking, are pastries with distinct histories and routes to American popularity

No More Fear

After World War II, many Polish Jews abandoned their faith. Now their children are rediscovering the religion and culture that was hidden from them.

Sole Mates

The Naked Shoe charts the decades-long love story of a shy Jewish girl from Flatbush, her Italian-born Catholic husband, and the gorgeous shoes they created

Wake Up!

In the third installment of “Tell Mitzi,” Tablet Magazine’s illustrated question-and-answer column, Mitzi learns about a funny nightmare—and engages in a metaphysical digression

Good Kitty, Bad Kitty

Benno and the Night of Broken Glass, a new picture book about a cat witnessing Kristallnacht, raises the unavoidable question: Do cute kitties belong in stories about the Holocaust?

Ehud Agonistes

Ehud Barak should forsake his arrogance, take a page from Moses, the hero of this week’s parasha, and recognize that leading can require giving up power

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