James Franco’s star-studded bar mitzvah, plus Shulem Deen talks life after ultra-Orthodoxy and Wall Street Journal sports columnist Jason Gay asks about a modern-day Koufax
In conversation with Shulem Deen’s new ‘All Who Go Do Not Return,’ a book that doesn’t give readers everything they want
What’s gained and lost in ‘cultural identity’ and religion when families decide to adopt across race lines
In Israel, women-only performance groups fed my spirit after years of self-imposed sacrifice
I broke away from my hometown’s Orthodox community. But the girl I wanted to date wasn’t sure she had the strength to follow me.
How observant Jewish funnymen (and -women) navigate the line between irreverence and devotion
After reading my book out loud, I finally accepted the truth: I’m just not an oral tradition kind of guy
The cards my Christian paternal grandparents sent me as a child came with small checks—and a hidden agenda
David Hartman, my late study partner, wanted to be a great rabbi. He ended up in a war for Judaism’s future.
At the Western Wall, the latest incarnation of an ancient Jewish battle between tradition and modernity
I used to love putting on tefillin every day, but as I got older, I lost my faith. Now they sit on my shelf.
Reports about a religious woman running for office reveal a media blind spot: Orthodox women
I fell for the girl in the FBI T-shirt the first time I saw her. But she was religious, and I wasn’t.
From the archive: A gay man and an Orthodox rabbi find connection in Wayne Hoffman’s novel Sweet Like Sugar
When my daughter got married at 20, I worried she was too young. But I was the one who wasn’t ready.
On same-sex marriage, Orthodox Jews should keep the religious and civil separate—as they do on other issues
For some ultra-Orthodox writers, the tension between obedience and skepticism in their community fuels a unique art
The attacks on domestic bliss in Alix Kates Shulman’s novel Ménage would resonate with Orthodox Jews
While Orthodox girls obsess about skirt length and hosiery choices, are we overlooking Judaism’s most important lessons about modesty?
I grew up in a world of observance, separate from secular America, but soon realized that the borders are more porous than they seem
My 3-year-old wanted a velvet yarmulke, like they wear at his Chabad preschool—an early skirmish in the values clashes I knew were coming.
Doreen Seidler-Feller, a Los Angeles psychologist, observant Jew, and rabbi’s wife, has a thriving practice as a sex therapist to the Orthodox
My single mother had set aside a “wedding fund” for me, money to pay for a ceremony and party. But still single at 27, and with school loans mounting, I saw another way to buy myself happiness.
An interview with Miriam Lowenbraun, who is working to bring Jews back to observance
A haftorah of remorse and return
David Gelernter, a computer scientist and observant Jew, wants his co-religionists to get holy
From the moment she found God, I became a local celebrity.
A once-Orthodox writer finds inspiration in Philip Roth’s historical reconstructions, even if his latest alter ego isn’t threatened by tradition.