‘You do not have the right to invoke my people’s struggle for your shoddy purposes’
A week visiting my family in Israel
Shmuley Boteach—rabbi, sexpert, Michael Jackson pal—has led many lives. But none of them can obliterate his past.
With the No. 1 album in America, the parodist proves yet again the full depth of his genius
Tablet Original Fiction: Angela loves Paul loves Claire loves Adam loves Angela
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is the best film of 2014, and one of the least Jewish movies ever made
Irving Finkel, an expert on ancient Mesopotamia, decodes a Babylonian tablet and traces its path to the Book of Genesis
I don’t talk like my fellow Torontonians because I was raised inside the ‘Bathurst Bubble,’ the city’s Jewish community
It wasn’t as big as Batman, but ‘Mendy and the Golem’ gave Jewish kids a taste of pop culture—with a rabbinical seal of approval
This week, deduction and analogy propel the Talmud from the mundane to the miraculous
Forget the yellow mesh bag. This Hanukkah, look for ethically produced and distributed chocolate coins.
This week’s Talmud study reveals legal debates that refine the limits and nature of inherently abstract concepts
Why the most inclusive of celebrations should be every American Jew’s favorite holiday
The murder of Shaima Alawadi isn’t a sign of increasing prejudice, but of writers’ credulousness
By helping gay kids, synagogues and Jewish schools can make the community better for all of us
The general was one of few who understood that Iran was at war with the U.S., and no bargain could be struck
When new inventions made widespread sinning the norm, ancient rabbis adapted. The Talmud’s God approved.
U.K. reality show Jewish Mum of the Year hunts for the most unbearable person on Earth
In this report from the future, the U.S. pulls out of the Gulf as the Saudis cozy up to Avigdor Lieberman
The origin of a famous anecdote shines light on the compromises of Conservative and Reform Judaism
A Talmudic discussion of Hanukkah and Sabbath candles leads to a lesson in the sacred and profane
Friday night dinner wouldn’t be the same without this Jewish staple. Here’s the tastiest recipe you’ll find.
I’ve become the overscheduling parent I hate. But Shabbat, havdalah in particular, can slow kids down.
Study of the Talmud’s second tractate reveals how the rabbis stuck to logic and made it sacred
The Shallowest, Least Thoughtful Commentators of the Week
An excerpt from I Thought I Meant More to You Than That, by Cynthia Orgel
Rips into Hamas, Selena Gomez
After seven years in Portland, departing with a mix of sadness and hope
We’re hiring two paid, part-time editorial interns
Operation Protective Edge enters its 18th day
Militant group used child labor to construct underground network in Gaza
The latest in a long tradition of creatively supporting embattled Jews abroad
Snide bias is no substitute for real reporting on complicated stories
How one shy, whistle-blowing intern in an Amsterdam archive uncovered a travesty that insulted a decimated community
Two economists argue that literacy, not laws forbidding land ownership, created a small, widely dispersed and highly skilled minority