Thanks to the Internet, Jerusalem seems closer than ever—but thanks to her government’s policy, remains out of reach
Innocent people shouldn’t fear walking down the street, whatever their faith—and everyone must push back against the madness
The lingering effects of his massive Ponzi scheme on a century-old youth group, a Boston philanthropist, and small investors
Abel Meeropol’s ‘Strange Fruit’ gets remixed into Yeezus in a manner worthy of its creator, for song of the year
The Tattler: So what if Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer revive the Von Trapps? Is that so wrong?
On the 26th anniversary of Freedom Sunday, a photographer uses objects to look at the immigrant experience
An ancient principle of Judaism, debated at length in the Oral Law, is that it is a sin to count Jews—or is it?
My family’s history gave me a pedigree as a Jewish New Yorker—until a visit revealed how quickly the past disappeared
When I got married, my sheitel was a symbol of my wedding vows and my Orthodoxy. Then it became a symbol of my discontent.
A once-Orthodox writer finds inspiration in Philip Roth’s historical reconstructions, even if his latest alter ego isn’t threatened by tradition.
Historian Yuri Slezkine traces a line from his anti-Soviet classmates in Moscow back to their fervently Communist grandparents.
Children’s storybooks drawn from tradition can get sanctimonious. Does a pop star do any better with the stories of the Baal Shem Tov?
Jonathan Rosen talks about Tolstoy, George Eliot, and why writers treat religious longing with the silence once reserved for sex.
Taking his comedic cues from the Victorian tradition, Howard Jacobson invokes an even older one to parse his pugnacity and masochistic itch.
If the Twelve Step movement comes out of Christian theology, how does a rabbinic rehab center reconcile Judaism and recovery?
When it comes to Daniel Deronda, Henry James got some things right
The joys and sorrows of Harvey Swados’ fiction
In Jenny Diski’s version of the sacrifice of Isaac, Abraham’s loyalty to God trumps love for his own family and becomes the ultimate betrayal.
Punk rocker George Tabb reconnects with his rage in a memoir exposing the dark underbelly of the Connecticut suburbs.
What is the machine that seems to cause book reviewers to swoon over one short story collection and practically ignore another?
For Margo Rabb, college in Indiana brought on culture shock. Now the young adult novelist strikes back with two teen detectives from Queens.
Sholem Aleichem’s fame rescued his family from war-torn Odessa. His granddaughter went back to gaze at her “jewel on the sea.”
Sometimes mistaken for an Israeli, novelist Danzy Senna crafts biracial heroines who try on and shrug off cloaks of identity
Jonathan Goldstein riffs on his Hebrew name, gifted students, space aliens, and other things he thinks you should know about him.
My night with Kanye West and 20,000 other believers
‘Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Call to Transcendence,’ by Shai Held
With raunchy Auschwitz shot, naturally
You can finally blame today’s awful music on your children
Plus Red Sea-Dead Sea pipeline finally happening, and more in the news
Will European health officials take note?
Citing cost, Israeli premier ignites a firestorm among detractors
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shlomo Hagler sued by board members
With a little help from Tablet’s readers
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