What does a rabbi do in late August when he no longer needs to prep for High Holidays?
The Story of the Jews, a five-part TV series, premieres this week on PBS
Plus $1,000 to observe Shabbat, and more in the news
The historical relationship—and the proximity to power it afforded—enabled wider acceptance of Jews in America
Plus Hagel gets mixed reviews on performance at hearing
The chess genius denied he was a Jew, but the Lubavitcher Rebbe disagreed. Who was right?
With The Lawgiver, the best-selling novelist takes another stab at the kind of Hollywood fame he’s always coveted
Joshua Henkin’s seductive The World Without You transforms recent headlines into intimate family drama
Here’s what to root for
In the new collected stories of Nathan Englander, and in his revised Haggadah, Jews cling tenuously to the easily broken chains of tradition
Agenda: Sol Lewitt and Talmudic debate in New York, Jonathan Safran Foer reinterpreted in North Carolina, Chagall in Canada, and more
Erica Jong’s classic novel about passion, sex, and the true self has something to teach contemporary writers who have lost their humanity
From the classic to the newfangled: haggadahs for Seders of every shape, size, and stripe
Your best ping pong haikus
Match a drink to a novelist
All about J Street, and more
A picture of his Polish grandfather’s mandolin orchestra inspired Avner Yonai to start his own
Romantics, old and new
If we love adorable animals in children’s books, are we ethically obliged to raise our kids vegetarian?
By Tablet columnist Joshua Cohen
What makes the seder night different? Its Greek roots.
Integration, emancipation, and a defense of our four-legged friends
A Jewish helpline, eating right, and Crocs nixed
Liev Schreiber pulls a switch on Everything Is Illuminated