I got my start in a contentious corner of the Jewish press. It’s good to be here again.
Everything you need to know about world turmoil today—from Obama to Assad to ISIS—is in the ethos of the Corleone family
‘Chained wives,’ refused Jewish divorces by their husbands, take to social media
‘This Changes Everything’ is great, except for the parts that don’t add up
A veteran practitioner of the art of translation considers the challenges—and successes—of Hebrew literature
For centuries, Western classical music propelled listeners toward Christian salvation. Then Jewish music changed everything.
Even if the person you wronged doesn’t remember what you did, it can still make a difference to ask for forgiveness. Maybe.
As Yom Kippur approaches, I’ll share what I’ve learned about how to apologize—and how not to
After my mother died, I couldn’t recite the High Holiday prayer anymore—until I gained a new understanding of its words
The editors of a new book about the conflict respond to a Commentary review
What Adam Bellow and other conservatives get wrong about the political leanings of creators of imaginative fiction
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If Jews are trading theology for community, it’s time for Orthodoxy to evolve
Tablet Original Fiction: For Alexander Gruen, there are no real Jews left in the world, only holes—and fire
By avoiding authoritative rulings in favor of nuanced debate with the ideas of the past, the Oral Law refuses to simplify
Will a new conversation about tattoos include my reason for getting one: Jewish pride?
A series airing during Ramadan traffics in anti-Semitic themes but may show an evolving attitude toward Israel
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Commenting on ‘Commentary’
Anti-Semites are a tiny fringe at the Occupy Wall Street protests. But an inability to quiet them shows the limitations of a leaderless movement.
A Jewish literature is easy to identify. But defining Jewish art is a task of Talmudic complexity, as a new book, Jewish Art, makes clear.
Ransom Center in Austin is a hotbed of Jewish literary papers
Proudly unorthodox, org. kept young Jews interested
The law of unintended consequences
On a new album, the captivating leader of the band Pharaoh’s Daughter reclaims the music that dominated her religious childhood
Chaya Ben Baruch’s sixth child was born with Down syndrome. Then she did what every good mother does—set out to find him a mate.
The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.