Daf Yomi: In textual analysis, the rabbis found biblical bases for customs and rituals that lacked them
The Tattler: TV chef Nigella Lawson, tabloid fodder after a public dust-up with art-mogul ad-man hubby Charles Saatchi, is not alone
Long after the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed, Talmudic rabbis kept it alive in their imaginations, and ours
The Tattler: This time the TV Jews are just a typical American family, no more eccentric than the Simpsons
Still cry when you hear ‘Cat’s in the Cradle’? Remember how to Dippity-Do your hair? Take a trip down memory lane, camper.
Daf Yomi: The rabbis examined practical dimensions of deep questions, including those raised around saliva, urine, and sex
Agents of Influence: Assad’s bloody grip on power in Syria shows how hard it is to dislodge a determined despot
Daf Yomi: Our literary critic ambles over rooftops, ruins, and ships, in search of meaning in Jewish commentary
Offering an Indian twist on the Great Flood, The Enduring Ark finds universal themes in a biblical tale that resonates today
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
Daf Yomi: Our literary critic discovers more rules on male authority, Shabbat meals, and how the rabbis thought about wealth
Helen Fielding’s heroine isn’t Jewish, but her internal conflict is acutely familiar to Jewish women
The secretary of state prattles about imaginary treaties while the Arab world is engulfed by a Sunni-Shia civil war
This week’s Talmud reading prompts strikingly contemporary questions about observance and belief
The show’s demise is a blow for musical theater—the art that incorporates virtually every other form of art
As the rabbis remind us again this week, the law is the law—whether it pleases you or not
How will Baz Luhrmann’s film portray Meyer Wolfsheim, a 2-D figment in a 3-D extravaganza?
How Israel’s annexation* of the contested border region continues to keep the peace
Media magnate Axel Springer’s significant, and unheralded, role in repairing German-Jewish relations
Video: Cook up delicious cheese-filled crepes from scratch—the perfect dairy recipe for Shavuot
Madame Alexander launched her iconic doll company 90 years ago—decades before Barbie was born
The Talmudic rabbis saw the world as a wedding—a place of charity and pleasures to be enjoyed while it lasts
Beatrix abdicated so she could usher in a new era—of heads of state who have never experienced war
Who inspired the alleged Boston marathon bombers to find meaning in the most violent forms of madness?
Through reasoning, the rabbis brought all of natural creation under the rule of law
You may think you know where this column is going. You’d be wrong.
Putting ourselves in political, moral, and now actual lockdown is more threatening than Islamic terrorism
The Talmud’s pragmatism and wonder meet in a technical problem about the height of a boundary line
JBI International’s Braille materials and audiobooks help blind Jews stay connected to the community
By avoiding authoritative rulings in favor of nuanced debate with the ideas of the past, the Oral Law refuses to simplify