Everything you need to know about world turmoil today—from Obama to Assad to ISIS—is in the ethos of the Corleone family
‘Chained wives,’ refused Jewish divorces by their husbands, take to social media
The evolution of Jewish American political discourse from outsider counter-culture to ‘never again a victim’
Philosopher Bettina Stangneth’s brilliant, newly translated study of the origins of evil shows why radicals like ISIS act like Nazis
He was the poet of normal life in a culture still beholden to its foundational myths
The singer has had better songs, but his new record captures his ideas more clearly than ever
After my mother died, I couldn’t recite the High Holiday prayer anymore—until I gained a new understanding of its words
A nonprofit called Elijah’s Journey tries to raise awareness about suicide and mental illness in a specifically Jewish context
My mother has corresponded with inmates for years, offering a sense of community—especially during the High Holidays
Relic from 2400 BCE believed to be the oldest illustration of the ritual
Health Minister says he doesn’t plan to outlaw the practice
Plus Sweden county seeks circumcision ban, and more in the news
Will European health officials take note?
Plus 10,000-year-old structure found near Jerusalem, and more in the news
Health ministry to introduce 2014 legislation to ‘regulate ritual circumcision’
American Academy of Pediatrics approves the procedure in new statement
German public opinion is ‘split’
Plus, Kabbalah guru killed, circumcision ban rolled back, and more in the news
L.A. congressman says it is a state or federal issue; has Muslim co-sponsor
Plus, Iranian smuggling, Crowe’s cutting remarks, and more
Comment of the week
Plus, West Bank mosque arson, anti-anti-circumcision victory, and more
Comic strip by ballot initiative author draws a ‘Monster Mohel’
Chaya Ben Baruch’s sixth child was born with Down syndrome. Then she did what every good mother does—set out to find him a mate.
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.