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Pantsless in Jerusalem

In most places, the No Pants Subway Ride is just a prank. How’d it go over in a city that prizes modesty?

The Search for a Black Zion

Adrift at home, a woman sets out to find the Promised Land—in Jamaica, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Israel

Rock ’n’ Remembrance

Author Lily Brett explores everything from Hendrix to the Holocaust in a thinly veiled autobiographical novel

Hidden Jerusalem: Sex Guide

In the first part of a new series, we meet a sex therapist who helps religious Jews achieve intimacy

Joel Meyerowitz Looks Back

Celebrating a half-century of work, the photographer recalls his Bronx childhood and days at Ground Zero

The Jews Write Christmas Again

With the new Broadway musical A Christmas Story, songwriter Benj Pasek continues a storied tradition

Old McYankel Had a Farm

With 200 acres, a love of the mamaloshen, and little by way of experience, a dreamer starts Yiddish Farm

Soccer as a Wartime Prism

Author Simon Kuper uses soccer to show how, as Dutch Jews were killed, life went on for everyone else

Cello Genius on the Move

Between stops on a world tour, Alisa Weilerstein remembers the late Elliott Carter and plays us some Bach

My Hip-Hop Nation

If a society’s vitality is evidenced by the pulse of its dance music, then there’s hope for Israel

Enough Already With Koufax

A new book argues that the roster of Jewish jocks includes matadors, weightlifters, and competitive eaters

Holocaust Memoir Scandal Redux

In The Canvas, novelist Benjamin Stein looks at the Binjamin Wilkomirski story from opposing angles

How Streisand Got Her Start

A new biography of the singer, performing in Brooklyn this week, tells how a penniless teen got her star born

Harold Kushner Reads Job

The man who brought us When Bad Things Happen to Good People turns to a biblical predecessor for lessons

Is Israel a Modern Sparta?

In Fortress Israel, journalist Patrick Tyler argues that the country’s warrior ethos impedes Mideast peace

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