For Real

Reality TV may often be silly, shallow, and trashy. But Top Chef, Project Runway, and other hits can help us teach our children about morality and values.

Astral Prophecy

Astral Weeks, Van Morrison’s seminal album, is more than a masterful piece of music; it’s a cry for redemption that Moses, the hero of this week’s parasha, would have understood

Looking Ahead

The secular new year forces us to look forward, and tradition requires we make resolutions.

Merry December 25!

From Chinese food and movies to A Christmas Carol performance and a Yiddish-accented visit from St. Nick: Our collected coverage of Jews on Christmas

Stop Snitchin’

Moses, the hero of this week’s parasha, had his own code of silence. Like every self-respecting rapper, he understood that squealing signals a breakdown of social cohesion.

On the Towns

Burekas in Florida, hummus in L.A., and elegant Israeli cuisine in Philadelphia: ferreting out the unexpected at restaurants around the country

Elijah’s Plate

Facing my first Christmas alone in decades and volunteering at a nearby soup kitchen, I discovered an unexpected and enveloping community

Santa Pause

What are Jewish parents to do when every show on television drips with Christmas cheer? Here are four strategies for managing your children’s expectations in this most un-Jewish time of year.

‘Blade II’ and Fried Rice

When the writer and performer Janice Erlbaum volunteered to work Christmas Eve at a shelter for homeless teens, the girls confronted her with a hard question: “Why are you here?”

The Asocial Network

Jacob, the hero of this week’s parasha, understood what really mattered in life. The Facebook Generation doesn’t.

Childish Things

My son’s pyromaniacal tendencies, Bibi, and bedtime stories that go awry

Looking for Mokum

Part 3 of 3: Visiting Amsterdam and learning to love the Jewish version of the Eurovision Song Contest

Looking for Mokum

Part 2 of 3: A chilly visit to Amsterdam’s Portuguese Synagogue and an awkward one to Anne Frank’s Secret Annex

Looking for Mokum

Part 1 of 3: Returning to Amsterdam, scene of my post-college-crisis memoir, Everything Is Going To Be Great, to explore its Jewish history

Raving Stitches

Hebrew Union’s exhibit of quilts and other textiles highlights an unheralded art and its spiritual messages

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