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
Samuel G. Freedman wrestles with how to write about his mother, and ends up doing some kind of penance.
Michael Chabon’s fact and fiction
Raised in the last golden days of the Hapsburgs, the Viennese writer Stefan Zweig found his world shattered by war.
Shalom Auslander writes his way out of misery, latching on to a comic tradition he traces from Beckett to the National Lampoon.
Sam Apple encounters a shepherd who sings in Yiddish—and forces him to question his deepest fear.
Seventy years after their road trip, the best-selling sentimental novelist has run out of gas, while Zora is still in the driver’s seat.
Tom Reiss on the mysterious Byronic figure from Baku who posed as a Muslim prince.
Why are American psychologists wary of transforming your soul? Andrew Heinze makes explicit an unspoken connection.
Wendy Shalit wrongfully accuses authors of misrepresenting the Orthodox
Susan Sontag’s “divided soul”
Thirty years after the launch of an exploratory anthology, a science fiction connoisseur wonders when we’ll discover brighter stars.
In his latest look at the Jerusalem of his childhood, Amos Oz sheds anger, frustration, bewilderment, and the protective cloak of fiction.
As a teenager, Roya Hakakian fell hard for the Iranian Revolution. It may have betrayed her, but you never forget your first love.
Haunted by ghosts, Jacques Derrida’s writings confounded the march of time
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
Father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl calls production a ‘moral deformity’
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.