A holy desecration is unethical in part because of the social pressure to reflect well on the tribe
The authors’ theories about chosenness may be wrong for everyone in the world—except pop stars
We mark kids’ birthdays and the yahrzeit dates of older relatives we’ve lost. But for parents, our own special occasions get overlooked.
Manna, and fasting, are not just miracles of sustenance and faith, but also elements of jurisprudence
Enter The Tattler’s invented world of advertising, where Philip Roth, Mila Kunis, and other MOTs rescue failing brands
But none of those charged with crimes have actually been apprehended—illustrating the limits of justice when dealing with terrorists
Illogical Jewish laws are ‘matters that Satan challenges’: raising doubts for enemies of Judaism and skeptical Jews
Male reviewers who’ve been lukewarm about the Golden Globe-winning children’s movie have failed to understand its true spirit
By giving her characters perfect endings, the wildly popular writer may actually undermine them
In fighting a mutual enemy—Sunni militants—with Tehran’s support, the Obama Administration risks alienating Sunni allies
Judaism’s manual of sacred technology prizes holiness over beauty, action over thought, and ritual over belief
Behind the voodoo of TV’s witchy-est show, schlock therapy that could come back to haunt you
Judaism teaches us to be kind to animals. We teach that lesson to our kids by caring for our pets and mourning their loss as a family.
Video: End the year on a sweet note with this Bavarian treat, a simple cake covered with a maple-caramel sauce
The Pax Americana is over in the Middle East, and now the jockeying starts to see who will come out ahead
Biblical examples of righteousness and wickedness show that in Judaism, goodness remains possible and divine
If all the joy and happiness in the air are making you miserable, try one of these six strategies for how to ruin Dec. 25
The young sleuth’s early mysteries were racist and anti-Semitic. Can problematic vintage texts still be valuable for kids?
A Talmudic problem: Abraham lived before the law was given, so how can his actions be used to interpret the law?
A match a century in the making brings two tough, funny, liberated stars into glorious alignment
Last week’s assassination of Hezbollah commander Hassan Laqqis in Beirut was a taste of what may come
An ancient principle of Judaism, debated at length in the Oral Law, is that it is a sin to count Jews—or is it?
The Tattler: So what if Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer revive the Von Trapps? Is that so wrong?
Even though it’s just a few blocks from our home, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum gave my girls a chance to time-travel
To the Talmudic rabbis, a miracle is more plausible than the notion that their sources were incorrect
A ‘mezuzah,’ like Judaism, is designed for life in this world, not for a messianic future, or for martyrdom
Video: Make your own miracle of oil by frying up a batch of sugar-coated treats stuffed with apricot jam