Rallying Against the Internet

A sold-out event at New York’s Citi Field aims to unite the ultra-Orthodox world against online ‘evils’

A Case for Genetic Jewishness

In the book Legacy, geneticist Harry Ostrer argues that Jewishness is biological, not just cultural

TED Balks

The famed conference’s lectures can’t be educational tools, because the bite-sized videos trivialize big ideas

A Contemporary Freudian Slip

After a controversial but predictable debate, a leading New York psychoanalytic society changes its name

Montreal’s Kosher Bootleggers

Observant Jews smuggle kosher wine into Quebec and sell it illegally in secret locations, flouting laws they say are anti-Semitic

Cracking the Computer Code

Few people know the programming languages like Java and Ruby that run the modern world. The People of the Book should fight against this illiteracy.

Gender Through a Jewish Lens

New memoirs by transgender authors Kate Bornstein and Joy Ladin illustrate the power of religion to shape how people construct their identities

Israel’s Shifting Color Lines

A new film, 400 Miles to Freedom, follows Ethiopian immigrants who long to move to the Jewish state but find unexpected barriers upon arriving there

Teenagers With a Mission

Evangelical Christians send students around the world to help the needy. Jews should do the same, extending tikkun olam beyond our community.

On the Cancer Gene Trail

How Roman Catholics of Native American and Spanish descent became carriers of the deadly breast-cancer gene long associated with Jews

Last Stop for the Golem

Rabbi Judah Loew brings his creature to life once more, but their reunion may be brief: They can’t agree where to go—or what century to live in.

South Africa’s Exodus

After a rocky transition, Jewish immigrants from once-thriving communities in Cape Town and Johannesburg have built their promised land in Texas

Fighting Pharaohs in Beijing

As Jews around the world recount Passover’s story of liberation, ongoing political repression in China casts a shadow over every Seder table

Finding the Lost Golem

Rabbi Judah Loew discovers the whereabouts of his long-lost creation in The New Yorker, only to realize that he may be too late to save him

You Be the Judge

From Top Chef to online restaurant reviews, we love to pass judgment—but we’re doing it all wrong. Judaism offers a blueprint for doing it wisely.

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