One Middle Eastern nation does indeed pay to influence U.S. foreign policy. Hint: It’s not Israel.
Hamas today is in the same position as Yasser Arafat once was: sacrificing its people to a corrupted ideal
French journalist says that alleged shooter Mehdi Nemmouche was his jailer in Syria, may have also tormented James Foley
What role does America play in Jewish life, and by extension what kind of Jewish literature can be created here?
New novel ‘The Betrayers’ boldly places at its center the most famous refusenik and all he represents for Soviet Jewry
In an excerpt from a new biography, the great showman asks, ‘What does music mean?’
The Talmud imagines the world as organized for the benefit of Torah sages, even in matters of sex and death
These Jewish leaders’ influence has been felt around the country, in every denomination, even if you don’t know them by name
Some Modern Orthodox teens observe ‘half-Shabbat,’ using cell phones in private. How widespread is the trend? Is it a crisis?
Finishing the Torah cycle, like finishing a scary children’s book, provides a much-needed sense of accomplishment
Reconsidering Hillel, the legendary rabbi whose distillation of Judaism’s core teachings still applies
To the neurotic urban parent, Sukkot might as well be called Booths of Death
Once home to Jewish immigrants, a South African city today hosts a very different sort of Jewish practice
When fast-food-induced hallucinations of Chelsea Clinton precede Yom Kippur, extreme measures must be taken
Envisioning a rabbi’s struggle to write an original Yom Kippur sermon
How the relationship between a reporter and his editor shook the Yiddish press
How Michael Wyschogrod taught me to eat like a Jew
How a current best-seller gets Yom Kippur shockingly right
A new Nextbook Press biography of Hillel makes clear that the rabbi’s words and thoughts—though millennia old—resonate today
A recent contretemps in Israel served to underscore the surprising and recent cohesion among the branches of U.S. Judaism
Novelist Darin Strauss talks about living with, and atoning for, a terrible car accident
The rabbi who co-officiated at the Clinton-Mezvinsky wedding on his journey to accepting intermarriage
Anti-Semites paint Jews as different and strange; many Jews do the same to the so-called ‘ultra-Orthodox’
Rosh Hashanah, a reminder of the cyclical nature of Jewish life, provides good lessons for parenting
The 11-year-olds were wearing uniforms of local Jewish secondary school
An excerpt from Lucinda Franks’ Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me
Predicting which Israelis will win the esteemed award is a national pastime
The singer also attributes past bad press to anti-Semitic and anti-female bias
Responding to critics of my essay about Israel media coverage
Stylish Westchester preteens steal the show from Marc Jacobs
Convicted murderer and rapist also seeks $15,000 in punitive damages
YIVO director of education says the language is still very much alive
Oskar Groening, 93, was tried in Germany for helping operate Auschwitz
The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.
Batya Ungar-Sargon discusses her exposé on the tax rolls and funding cuts that fueled an ethnic rift in East Ramapo, N.Y.
Some people lean on neighbors for a cup of sugar. The Fruchters, of Memphis, Tennessee, needed theirs to help them keep the Sabbath.