One Middle Eastern nation does indeed pay to influence U.S. foreign policy. Hint: It’s not Israel.
Hamas today is in the same position as Yasser Arafat once was: sacrificing its people to a corrupted ideal
French journalist says that alleged shooter Mehdi Nemmouche was his jailer in Syria, may have also tormented James Foley
What role does America play in Jewish life, and by extension what kind of Jewish literature can be created here?
New novel ‘The Betrayers’ boldly places at its center the most famous refusenik and all he represents for Soviet Jewry
In an excerpt from a new biography, the great showman asks, ‘What does music mean?’
The Talmud imagines the world as organized for the benefit of Torah sages, even in matters of sex and death
These Jewish leaders’ influence has been felt around the country, in every denomination, even if you don’t know them by name
Some Modern Orthodox teens observe ‘half-Shabbat,’ using cell phones in private. How widespread is the trend? Is it a crisis?
The legendary rocker left behind a massive estate when he died in 2013
City Winery’s popular annual Downtown Seder heads to the West Coast
If there are moral victories to be had, a vote for Lou Reed is one of them
From her new perch in Los Angeles, the Tattler realizes—and mourns—what she lost when she left Lou Reed’s New York
Lou Reed’s impact carries from art to politics
An encounter with legendary rock star Lou Reed, who died this weekend at 71
The Brooklyn-born punk star, writer, and poet altered the New York cultural landscape
Or at least kept Lou Reed from punching me at a dinner party
Plus Alicia Keys confirms Israeli concert, Lou Reed recovering, and more
The rock star’s new tribute to his teacher, the writer Delmore Schwartz, illuminates their common genius
Plus Jew-school advances to championship, the AIPAC Three, and more
How a Jew, a WASP, and a Catholic found the perfect religious balance and made the Velvet Underground one of the greatest rock bands in history
Delmore Schwartz, once one of America’s most celebrated writers, died mad and forgotten, having produced little in his later life. His story remains a compelling cautionary tale for American Jews.
Plus the man who gave us Passover Coke, and more
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The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.
Batya Ungar-Sargon discusses her exposé on the tax rolls and funding cuts that fueled an ethnic rift in East Ramapo, N.Y.
Some people lean on neighbors for a cup of sugar. The Fruchters, of Memphis, Tennessee, needed theirs to help them keep the Sabbath.