Madonna’s Homeless Brother Dishes on the Pop Queen’s Childhood Passover Seders

Exclusive footage of Anthony Ciccone singing his sister’s hit ‘Like a Prayer’: ‘It means something to me,’ he says

Master Critic Harold Bloom Likes This Poet. A Lot.

The great Yale literary scholar introduces new poetry by Peter Cole, in ‘The Invention of Influence’

A New Novel Brings Ghosts, Geeks, and Golems to Sleepover Camp

First-time novelist Ari Goelman faces tough questions from an 11-year-old fantasy fiction aficionado and summer-camp devotee

A Jew Talks Sit

How meditation helped me unplug from my chaotic life and connect with Judaism

Sundown: Jordan Inflamed

Plus UCSD controversy, the new face of Jewish Germany, and more

Keeper of the Flame

Experimental-fiction king Ben Marcus, the son of a Jewish father and an Irish Catholic mother, may be the best Jewish writer in America

Daybreak: Ramadan Will Heat Up Syria

Plus, Kabbalah guru killed, circumcision ban rolled back, and more in the news

About Time: How Early Modern European Calendars Changed Jewish Conceptions of Time

A vivid new scholarly book illuminates how the calendars of early modern Europe—playful, alive, and beautifully designed—reflected and transformed Jewish conceptions of time

LeBron Consults Shady Kabbalist Rabbi

In related news, I hate LeBron

Sundown: Obama Turns from The Peace Process

Plus the awesome all-female IDF unit, and more

Sundown: J Street Takes on Solow

Plus a newly uncovered rejection letter, and more in the news

‘Night’ in 60 Seconds

An introduction to Wiesel’s Holocaust masterpiece

Word Play

What the French novelist Georges Perec owed to the kabbalistic tradition

Sundown: Madonna, a Rabbi, and Jesus Walk into a Tomb

Exodus to cable, kosher ovens, and a bar becomes a mitzvah

Madonna Is Over the Borderline

And into Israel, seeing sights, meeting with pols, and bugging a kabbalah macher.

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