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
A new piece of legislation seeks to upset the status quo over which language the Jewish state deems official. It’s deeply misguided.
In an excerpt from a new biography, the great showman asks, ‘What does music mean?’
The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.
How under the weight of history, all memory becomes holy—even the memory that should not
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?
The power of the Israeli left has waned, but belief in the need for what it long championed—territorial compromise—has become a majority position
Alan Dershowitz calls for a new sort of ‘Apartheid Week’
When Chabad arrived in an upscale Tel Aviv neighborhood, its liberal residents didn’t respond with open arms
Once staunch supporters of Israel, Norwegians have shifted to a pro-Palestinian stance. What changed?
Traveling the world as an unaccompanied but observant Muslim young woman
In a new book, Mark Perry argues that groups like Hamas will behave rationally if the U.S. engages with them. He’s wrong.
An online petition implores the Israeli government to spare a settler home
On the eve of the Iraqi elections, the daughter of Iraqi Jews mourns the destruction of Baghdad’s once-vibrant Jewish community
A crossword puzzle created especially for the JFN by Tablet Magazine
Everything you need to know about the assassination of Hamas’s main weapons man
For an Orthodox preteen, Tonya Harding was a hero—and a Purim inspiration
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett claim they aren’t influence peddlers, but their emails suggest otherwise
Israeli sources say Mossad tried to kill al-Mabhouh twice before
What a democratic revolution in Iran would mean for the Islamic Republic’s relationship with Israel
A crossword puzzle celebrating Judaism’s denominations
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 ruthless Jewish gangster is all business on the Prohibition-era HBO show
But are U.S. drone attacks on Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia any different?
Adam Greenberg, Chicago Cubs slugger injured in 2005, among honorees
Israeli band’s new album showcases distinctive mix of rock, klezmer, and funk
Senator’s parallel between region’s imperiled Christians and Jews draws ire
How much more evidence do we really need?
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.