Let Us Eat Cake

There’s only one Biblical birthday bash

Hearing Voices

Daniel Smith explores the history of the phenomenon—from the Bible to his father

Serious Moonlight

A nighttime epiphany leads to a major change

The Dude Abides

What happens when an agnostic follows all the rules in the Bible? A.J. Jacobs finds out.

The Etrog Man

A consummate salesman sings the praises of this unusual fruit

A Bridge Too Far

How one woman lived to regret her nose job

Ritual du Jour

Vanessa Ochs studies “bark mitzvahs” and other modern inventions

Sing a New Song

Robert Alter’s version of Psalms strives to recapture their Hebrew beauty.

Live and Become

It took only 25 years for one woman’s conversion to take effect

You Be Saved

Janice Erlbaum gets more than a manicure at the nail salon

Fertility Rites

The longing that made a writer turn to God

Bubbling Over

The many meanings of seltzer, from thirst quencher to missile decoy

Crying Game

Shedding tears is no way to write a novel

How to Make It to the Promised Land

A short story explores what happens when a camp game goes horribly awry

Summer Lovin’

Reminiscences of sleepaway camp, where sleep was the last thing on anyone’s mind

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