One Middle Eastern nation does indeed pay to influence U.S. foreign policy. Hint: It’s not Israel.
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
What role does America play in Jewish life, and by extension what kind of Jewish literature can be created here?
New novel ‘The Betrayers’ boldly places at its center the most famous refusenik and all he represents for Soviet Jewry
In an excerpt from a new biography, the great showman asks, ‘What does music mean?’
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?
With a reference to ‘Polish death camps,’ Barack Obama stumbled into a debate about World War II
Plus, Obama knows Judaism, Paul Simon’s Graceland turns 25, and more
The Salafis, Sunni Islamic extremists, are at least opposed to the most dangerous U.S. adversaries, the Shiites
U.S. seeks Russian support as civil war takes on sectarian dimensions
Plus African immigrants attacked in Tel Aviv, and more in the news
On same-sex marriage, Orthodox Jews should keep the religious and civil separate—as they do on other issues
J Street’s Ben-Ami questions ECI’s ‘substantive objections’
If GOP moves toward Dem position, constituency could be a toss-up
Obama is first sitting president to express support for gay marriage
The Vulcans rise again as Republican candidate’s advisers
Move also extends unconstitutional Tal Law, about Haredi military service
Why Bibi wants a new government before U.S. Election Day
Unless you find the word “forward” particularly nefarious
Also had an early reverence for Eliot, is exactly who we thought he is
Gaza leadership gains power in Hamas, and more in the news
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.
Some people lean on neighbors for a cup of sugar. The Fruchters, of Memphis, Tennessee, needed theirs to help them keep the Sabbath.