The group has maintained an uneasy status quo despite losing key allies in Tehran, Damascus, and Cairo
Last week’s assassination of Hezbollah commander Hassan Laqqis in Beirut was a taste of what may come
Thanks to the Internet, Jerusalem seems closer than ever—but thanks to her government’s policy, remains out of reach
Sefi Rivlin, the iconic Israeli comedian who died earlier this month, revolutionized the country’s political scene
A newly published collection reminds that grotesque images of Jews were routinely mailed by ordinary people around the world
In the late 1950s, the Jewish department store mogul salvaged Chanel’s reputation—and burnished his own
Synagogues are full and kosher restaurants abound as liberal immigrants, Orthodox singles, and secular Jews come together
An ancient principle of Judaism, debated at length in the Oral Law, is that it is a sin to count Jews—or is it?
My family’s history gave me a pedigree as a Jewish New Yorker—until a visit revealed how quickly the past disappeared
The edited typescript of “Eichmann in Jerusalem” reveals New Yorker editor William Shawn’s meticulous work
Plus whom Anne Frank belongs to, and more
Friends and Politics, Part 3: Norman Podhoretz. The neoconservative icon and I weren’t personally close, but we shared a more important bond, over the struggle to defend Israel and American Jewry.
Friends and Politics, Part 2: Irving Howe. The prominent critic and I worked on Yiddish translations together, but a dispute over Israel and its Arab neighbors ruptured our relationship—until we reconnected over literature.
I.J. Singer’s newly reissued The Brothers Ashkenazi may not be on par with the greatest realist epics, but it is an eerie foretelling of Eastern European Jewry’s eventual fate
An excerpt from a new history of Commentary shows how the fiction published in the magazine’s early years shook not just the world of Jewish literature but the very foundations of American letters
We are all Rashi’s heirs, but what, exactly, is our inheritance?
Jewish writers and writing of the (last) Depression
What a 1942 essay contest revealed about immigrants’ lives, in the Old World and the New
Orthodox fashionistas everywhere rejoice
There’s a headline we weren’t quite ready for
Plus Jason Segel is David Foster Wallace, and more in the news
Watch the snowfall in the Old City on “The Kotel Cam”
URJ’s 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy has robotics, video game design, and more
The American-Israeli economist’s name has been floated for other gigs
Fox’s popular otherwordly TV show borrows some familiar Judaic lore
We’re pretty sure Jews didn’t write this one
Plus 58 cases of measles among Hasidic Jews in 2013, and more in the news
The lingering effects of his massive Ponzi scheme on a century-old youth group, a Boston philanthropist, and small investors
Does sexually graphic material help Jewish continuity? ‘Unclean Lips’ argues for the unseemliness of Bruce, Roth, and their ilk.
The composer of the beloved Hanukkah song ‘Ocho Kandelikas’ shares stories and melodies from her past