Daniel Gordis examines the legacy of the Israeli statesman who fled the Holocaust, fought the Mandate, and made peace with Egypt
Purim reminds us it’s unusual for Jews to indulge in recreational boozing—one reason Polish nobles liked having them run taverns
In Lahore a Facebook group dedicated to atheists and agnostics serves a silent minority in the world’s other religious nation-state
Yet another difficult internal and ancient debate that modern Jews are unlikely to resolve
Dudu Tassa immerses himself in the Arabic music of his late grandfather and reinterprets it for modern audiences
Peter and Martine Halban run England’s most cosmopolitan and finely curated Jewish and Middle Eastern-themed literary press
In recent novels, sermons, and Bible-study guides, evangelicals and mainline Protestants alike find inspiration in the biblical tale
Why read the Talmud as a secular Jew? In part, for its expression of an independent Jewish creativity and spirituality.
We publish a comic holiday newsletter for our friends. Recently it started to feel like work, until I learned the meaning of ‘mitzvah.’
Bullying and bullied, lacking in empathy, and oversensitive: How my feelings about the actor mirror my feelings for a country
A Jewish view of the landmark decision
Citizens gather in San Francisco to remember Harvey Milk, George Moscone
Plus American kidnapped by al-Qaida asks Netanyahu to intervene
Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah is ‘delighted.’
The Fan Who Knew Too Much collects Anthony Heilbut’s essays on politics, culture, and gospel music
The activist called Faygele ben Miriam started Washington state’s battle over marriage more than 40 years ago
Italian columnist Giulio Meotti praises Israel’s record, in others’ words
Critics of Israel say the state touts its gay-rights record only to conceal its oppression of Palestinians. They call it pinkwashing. That’s nonsense.
Plus, DSK, Israel transfers tax revenue, and more in the news
Barney Frank is very funny, but why?
Bullying is wrong, but so are facile solutions
Plus the new meaning of the swastika, and more
19th-century Russians sue for trademark violation
As the 91-year-old Yiddish theater star embarks on a Purim cabaret show, we revisit his appearance on Vox Tablet