Purim reminds us it’s unusual for Jews to indulge in recreational boozing—one reason Polish nobles liked having them run taverns
In Lahore a Facebook group dedicated to atheists and agnostics serves a silent minority in the world’s other religious nation-state
But now the country’s Jewish community is divided between those lining up with Moscow and those joining the revolution in Kiev
Dudu Tassa immerses himself in the Arabic music of his late grandfather and reinterprets it for modern audiences
Peter and Martine Halban run England’s most cosmopolitan and finely curated Jewish and Middle Eastern-themed literary press
Somehow, the mangling of the Broadway actress’s name may be the best thing to happen to her underappreciated career
Why read the Talmud as a secular Jew? In part, for its expression of an independent Jewish creativity and spirituality.
We publish a comic holiday newsletter for our friends. Recently it started to feel like work, until I learned the meaning of ‘mitzvah.’
After reading my book out loud, I finally accepted the truth: I’m just not an oral tradition kind of guy
Plus Egypt’s military reasserts itself, and more in the news
The good news: there are still two more. The bad news: there are still two more.
The U.S. could stop Iran from going nuclear. But policy-makers won’t risk the repercussions of a devastating attack on the Islamic Republic.
Plus, election day in Egypt, El Al ‘ambassadors,’ and more
What unrest and elections to the south could mean to the north
Rather than focusing on the goal of removing Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria, the White House is busy worrying about the fractured nature of the opposition
U.S. policymakers fear a “Shia crescent,” a regional alliance led by Iran. A dawning “Muslim Brotherhood crescent” is far more threatening.
It seems likely that Egypt bargained Israeli-American away as well
The deadly crackdown on protesting Egyptian Copts marks a turning point in the military’s post-Mubarak rule. Is this what democracy looks like?
Sectarian strife, remilitarized Sinai point to uncertain future
Egyptian-Israeli relations reached a low point this weekend. But Egypt’s military, secure in its power, has no interest in undermining the 1979 peace treaty.
A newly empowered citizenry looks northward
Recent tensions only reveal fundamental shared interests. Hopefully.
Activists—from the youth protesting steep rents in Tel Aviv to those dejected by their failure to reform Washington—should listen to Moses, reject magical thinking, and learn how to play politics
Obama’s unsuccessful foreign policy in the Mideast is based not on idealism or realpolitik but anti-colonialism, a legacy of the collapse of the European empires
College administration removes sign advertising Israel Apartheid Week
Chabad emissary forced to leave her community amidst Russian occupation
Leo Bretholz was set to testify on behalf of proposed Maryland law this week
The 52-year-old man required medical attention but wasn’t seriously injured
Milk and Honey Distillery to produce an Israeli single malt whisky
Gives press conference in front of Navy-intercepted rockets bound for Gaza
Calls for Robert Levinson’s return to U.S. seven years after his disappearance
Life imitates art with announcement timed to the film’s French release
The Purim parody videos have arrived
As the 91-year-old Yiddish theater star embarks on a Purim cabaret show, we revisit his appearance on Vox Tablet
Edmund Levin plumbs trial transcripts to examine how one of Russia’s biggest court cases fed on the myth of Jewish malice