A new biography of the singer, performing in Brooklyn this week, tells how a penniless teen got her star born
Plus Jay-Z lights the menorah in Brooklyn
A look at Syria of today and Aleppo of old
The novelist and film critic was the most gifted also-ran of the 1960s Jewish-American literary renaissance
Anti-Semitic graffiti in Hasidic Brooklyn excites the media, but many residents—old and young—shrug
New York City councilman Charles Barron is a defender of Qaddafi and Mugabe and a foe of Israel
For some ultra-Orthodox writers, the tension between obedience and skepticism in their community fuels a unique art
How meditation helped me unplug from my chaotic life and connect with Judaism
And why didn’t the NYT cite Jewish reporting in its series?
A suggested setlist for her potential triumphant homecoming
Medieval Sephardic recipes come out of hiding at La Vara, a new restaurant in Brooklyn that reconnects Spanish cuisine with its Jewish roots
Evaluating comedy on its political merit is like disassembling a vibrator to analyze its mechanics: You can do it, but that’s not what it’s for.
Brooklyn group to decide whether to hold referendum over Israeli products
Redistricting, retirement remove two Jewish outer-borough seats
Retirement and redistricting open door for Jewish Queens assemblyman
What does Maimonides have to do with vegan food? A new restaurant in Brooklyn draws unexpected inspiration from the medieval Jewish scholar.
Plus Rotem wants Arab judge sacked, Romney at AIPAC, and more
A visit to a Hasidic family in Brooklyn—where nobody knows who she is—magically transforms Oprah back into the person she once was
A 24-year-old Jewish Upper West Sider helps run the most important Arab-American organization in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, home to 35,000 Arabs
A shopping trip to Borough Park on Dec. 25 reveals a lesson about pious passivity and dignity—and the value of human relations
Brooklyn-born photographer Julius Shulman, the subject of two recent books, captured Los Angeles’ development into a center of modernism
Woman told to sit at back of Orthodox-friendly bus
Sadat X rapped about Jewish control, and Kanye West compared himself to Hitler. It’s time for Jews to proclaim their place in hip-hop history.
In Anthony Weiner’s former district, Jewish voters elected Bob Turner, a Catholic Republican they saw as stronger on Israel than the Orthodox Jewish Democrat
Lucette Lagnado’s first memoir was dominated by her colorful father. In The Arrogant Years, she plumbs the heartbreaking life of her mother.
Comment of the Week
Baruch Lebovits was a convicted sex offender until another man was accused of tampering with witnesses against him. To some ultra-Orthodox leaders, this justifies a reluctance to go to authorities with charges of abuse.
A proposed boycott of Israeli products at the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn, a 38-year-old grocery where political passions run high, is raising worries among its sizable Orthodox Jewish membership
The new Lifetime reality show Russian Dolls portrays the Russian-American Jews of Brighton Beach as celebrating neither America nor their Judaism but the freedom to be stereotypically Russian
An accused pedophile from ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn has never faced trial, thanks in part to a D.A. who had political reasons not to pursue the case