The steel magnate—son-in-law of the former president and once a symbol of post-Soviet nepotism—now advocates for the rule of law
The group has maintained an uneasy status quo despite losing key allies in Tehran, Damascus, and Cairo
Last week’s assassination of Hezbollah commander Hassan Laqqis in Beirut was a taste of what may come
A match a century in the making brings two tough, funny, liberated stars into glorious alignment
Sefi Rivlin, the iconic Israeli comedian who died earlier this month, revolutionized the country’s political scene
A newly published collection reminds that grotesque images of Jews were routinely mailed by ordinary people around the world
I’ve struggled for decades to feel comfortable in synagogue as a single woman. Wrapped in a silk prayer shawl, I finally felt at home.
Synagogues are full and kosher restaurants abound as liberal immigrants, Orthodox singles, and secular Jews come together
An ancient principle of Judaism, debated at length in the Oral Law, is that it is a sin to count Jews—or is it?
Five Books: A biography of sportscaster Howard Cosell, the life of film critic Pauline Kael, the poets who translated Shakespeare into Hebrew, and more
Despite his notorious pro-Hitler comments at Cannes, Lars von Trier is more of a Jew than he knows and Melancholia a more Jewish movie than he realizes
In a recent performance of Schubert’s and Schumann’s settings of Heinrich Heine’s poetry, tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Thomas Adès excelled
Infiltrated by up to a dozen CIA spies, Hezbollah, the official party of God, is taking hits to its prestige—and revealing its weakness
Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman’s indispensable account of the horrors of Stalinism and the Holocaust, puts Jewishness at the heart of the 20th century
Gloria Allred, the famous feminist lawyer, has accomplished a great deal for women. She’s also something of a national joke.
Sarah Silverman seemed poised to usher in a new generation of secure, sexual, and powerful female comics. Instead, she went for empty shocks and cheap laughs.
Rather than focusing on the goal of removing Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria, the White House is busy worrying about the fractured nature of the opposition
To get my son psyched about a trip abroad, I promised him a stop at Disneyland Paris—a mistake bad weather and long lines only compounded
Children parrot their parents in every way—so if you want your kids to feel and express gratitude more frequently, you have to do that yourself
Turkey anchors all Thanksgivings, but families flavor the meal with preparation and sides—like my mother’s marshmallow-topped sweet-potato tsimmes
Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish created a poetry of martyrdom for his people—and a political coup for the idea of the nakba
Thanksgiving means family reunions—for some people. For others, it offers an opportunity to stay home and be grateful for having cut those ties.
Philip Roth’s legacy of writerly narcissism left a generation of young novelists with the wrong idea of what makes great literature
Neal Pollack’s novel Jewball re-imagines the prewar era when Jews ruled pro basketball and Nazism threatened to gain an American foothold
Orthodox fashionistas everywhere rejoice
There’s a headline we weren’t quite ready for
Plus Jason Segel is David Foster Wallace, and more in the news
Watch the snowfall in the Old City on “The Kotel Cam”
URJ’s 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy has robotics, video game design, and more
The American-Israeli economist’s name has been floated for other gigs
Fox’s popular otherwordly TV show borrows some familiar Judaic lore
We’re pretty sure Jews didn’t write this one
Plus 58 cases of measles among Hasidic Jews in 2013, and more in the news
The lingering effects of his massive Ponzi scheme on a century-old youth group, a Boston philanthropist, and small investors
Does sexually graphic material help Jewish continuity? ‘Unclean Lips’ argues for the unseemliness of Bruce, Roth, and their ilk.
The composer of the beloved Hanukkah song ‘Ocho Kandelikas’ shares stories and melodies from her past