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
A new piece of legislation seeks to upset the status quo over which language the Jewish state deems official. It’s deeply misguided.
In an excerpt from a new biography, the great showman asks, ‘What does music mean?’
The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.
How under the weight of history, all memory becomes holy—even the memory that should not
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?
Plus Jewish summer camps get their frack on, free Turkish circumcisions, and more
L.A. congressman says it is a state or federal issue; has Muslim co-sponsor
Comic strip by ballot initiative author draws a ‘Monster Mohel’
San Francisco measure would ban the practice, though it may be unconstitutional
A proposed San Francisco ballot measure prohibiting circumcision arises from a debate over ritual, sexuality, and identity. What’s become an American norm might soon again be a mark of difference.
Plus Mumbai two years on, and more
Plus the incredible, inedible foreskin, and more
A multicultural ‘Moth’ at the New York Public Library
Plus carping over gefilte fish, and more bad puns
New study tells Jewish men what they totally already knew
All the articles from our weeklong series
‘New York’ mag considers the question, comprehensively
From the archives: A new father finds that the bris ends but the foreskin lingers
No blood libel from Moore, Aussie Heebsters, and a High Holi-dog
The latest question from the nutty ‘birther’ movement
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.