Iran’s Presidential Election Is Friday. What Happens If Protests Break Out Again?

Agents of Influence: Assad’s bloody grip on power in Syria shows how hard it is to dislodge a determined despot

Why the Talmud Draws Imaginary Lines All Around Us—and Over Our Heads

Daf Yomi: Our literary critic ambles over rooftops, ruins, and ships, in search of meaning in Jewish commentary

A New Children’s Book Illustrates the Enduring Power of the Story of Noah

Offering an Indian twist on the Great Flood, The Enduring Ark finds universal themes in a biblical tale that resonates today

Mel Brooks Just Received a Lifetime Achievement Award, and It’s No Joke

The Tattler: Critics focus on the childlike nature of his humor, but there’s always been more than meets the eye to the King of Id

The Talmud Paints a Vivid Picture of Jewish Family Life in This Week’s Daf Yomi

Daf Yomi: Our literary critic discovers more rules on male authority, Shabbat meals, and how the rabbis thought about wealth

The Jew in Bridget Jones

Helen Fielding’s heroine isn’t Jewish, but her internal conflict is acutely familiar to Jewish women

John Kerry’s Silly Play

The secretary of state prattles about imaginary treaties while the Arab world is engulfed by a Sunni-Shia civil war

Who Can Follow These Rules?

This week’s Talmud reading prompts strikingly contemporary questions about observance and belief

Sitting Shiva for Smash

The show’s demise is a blow for musical theater—the art that incorporates virtually every other form of art

The Irrelevance of Pleasure

As the rabbis remind us again this week, the law is the law—whether it pleases you or not

Gatsby’s Jew

How will Baz Luhrmann’s film portray Meyer Wolfsheim, a 2-D figment in a 3-D extravaganza?

The Golan Heights Chimera

How Israel’s annexation* of the contested border region continues to keep the peace

The Good Murdoch

Media magnate Axel Springer’s significant, and unheralded, role in repairing German-Jewish relations

How To Make the Ultimate Blintzes

Video: Cook up delicious cheese-filled crepes from scratch—the perfect dairy recipe for Shavuot

The Woman Behind the Dolls

Madame Alexander launched her iconic doll company 90 years ago—decades before Barbie was born

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