First-Century Technology

When new inventions made widespread sinning the norm, ancient rabbis adapted. The Talmud’s God approved.

You Never Call, You Never Watch

U.K. reality show Jewish Mum of the Year hunts for the most unbearable person on Earth

A 2016 Mideast Dispatch

In this report from the future, the U.S. pulls out of the Gulf as the Saudis cozy up to Avigdor Lieberman

Standing on One Foot

The origin of a famous anecdote shines light on the compromises of Conservative and Reform Judaism

Light Advice From the Rabbis

A Talmudic discussion of Hanukkah and Sabbath candles leads to a lesson in the sacred and profane

The Ultimate Roast Chicken

Friday night dinner wouldn’t be the same without this Jewish staple. Here’s the tastiest recipe you’ll find.

Brake for Children

I’ve become the overscheduling parent I hate. But Shabbat, havdalah in particular, can slow kids down.

Of Lice and Men

Study of the Talmud’s second tractate reveals how the rabbis stuck to logic and made it sacred

A New House in the Old Country

An architect built me a house in Warsaw—coincidentally right where my mother risked her life to save her family

Boardwalk Empire Blues

The reason I don’t like the HBO drama? I want it to be a show about Jewish gangsters.

A 40-Year U.S. Embassy Crisis

The murders in Benghazi are the latest in a string of attacks on American diplomats to go unanswered by the U.S.

The Rabbis’ Mental World

The last chapter of the first tractate brings modern readers back to sex, bowel movements, and thunder

What the Islamists Get Right

It’s time to admit that banning Mein Kampf while allowing anti-Islam cartoons is a double-standard

Sinister Trend in Publishing

Saudi Arabia, China, and Iran ban books. Why are they being honored on the European book-fair circuit?

Pitch Perfect Pitch

A rising generation of American entertainers cracks Jewish jokes galore—and couldn’t care less

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