A new campaign strategy for Anthony Weiner, courtesy of Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, and more
The influential former secretary of state—courtier, careerist, proud American, conflicted Jew—turns 90
As political and financial crises deepen in Western Europe, French Jewry is facing a familiar test
Thrill to the Jewish Philosopher Queen as she does battle with boring Nazis, The New Yorker, and Mossad
The Bluths, returning this weekend for a fourth season, are the Jewish world’s archetypal family
Remembering Yiddishist, linguistics scholar, Holocaust survivor, and painter Edward Stankiewicz, who died this year
Serving as an Army chaplain gave one cantor a new view of the holiday, and a belief in a brighter future
Video: Astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo’s home reflects her mixed heritage—and wide-ranging spirituality
This week’s Talmud reading prompts strikingly contemporary questions about observance and belief
In this week’s Talmud study, Jewishness is not just moral and theological matters. It is a way of life.
This week, Talmudic rabbis seek righteousness in the Bible’s tales of vice, weakness, and human frailty
This week, deduction and analogy propel the Talmud from the mundane to the miraculous
This week’s Talmud study reveals legal debates that refine the limits and nature of inherently abstract concepts
When new inventions made widespread sinning the norm, ancient rabbis adapted. The Talmud’s God approved.
The origin of a famous anecdote shines light on the compromises of Conservative and Reform Judaism
A Talmudic discussion of Hanukkah and Sabbath candles leads to a lesson in the sacred and profane
Study of the Talmud’s second tractate reveals how the rabbis stuck to logic and made it sacred
The last chapter of the first tractate brings modern readers back to sex, bowel movements, and thunder
This week’s Daf Yomi considers—with Chaucerian verve—whether a rabbinic elite spoke for the Jewish people
One Talmudic rabbi’s prayers work, while others’ fall on deaf ears. Is humility more pleasing to God than pomp?
A coup at the rabbinic academy deposes Gamliel and unleashes a torrent of questions
In this week’s Talmud reading, the soul addresses God, but the body has its own agenda
This week’s Daf Yomi reframes the debate over the primacy of force or scholarship in Jewish values
Sages in a superstitious age accepted the existence of invisible devils and the use of magic to render them visible
Street performers who pose for tourists by the Colosseum battle city authorities
Robert Worth, David Goldman, Edward Luttwak, Amos Harel, Nathan Thrall, and Lee Smith on the new Arab map
Plus Israeli electric car manufacturer runs of gas money?
A rabbi and a serviceman meet while helping homeless vets
The world cries ‘fowl’ about his culinarily curious choice of grub
The global love for Jewish caricatures endures
On the Guardian columnist’s response to the terror attack in London
Plus drones, bacon, Billy Joel, and the Church of Scotland
Israel takes another small step toward Haredi conscription
…that he doesn’t want them to do comedy
We profiled Medea Benjamin back last year
Berlin was once home to 50,000 Jewish-owned businesses. A historian is now obsessively reconstructing their demise.
A visit to B&H Restaurant on Second Avenue brings back memories of milchig establishments of yore
Singer Vera Gran was haunted by allegations of Nazi collaboration. A new book asks if survival made her guilty.