A new campaign strategy for Anthony Weiner, courtesy of Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, and more
The influential former secretary of state—courtier, careerist, proud American, conflicted Jew—turns 90
As political and financial crises deepen in Western Europe, French Jewry is facing a familiar test
Remembering Yiddishist, linguistics scholar, Holocaust survivor, and painter Edward Stankiewicz, who died this year
Saul Bellow was a complicated father to his three sons. In a new book, the eldest tries to parse his inheritance.
The show’s demise is a blow for musical theater—the art that incorporates virtually every other form of art
Video: Astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo’s home reflects her mixed heritage—and wide-ranging spirituality
This week’s Talmud reading prompts strikingly contemporary questions about observance and belief
Molecular gastronomy finally takes off in Israel, drawing kosher foodies and experimental chefs alike
The country wants a reasonable $500 billion for Israel’s years in Sinai
The earliest known Ladino memoir, now in translation, sheds light on both Ottoman Jewry and one controversial man’s conflicts with the community
Nationalism plays a vital role in Egyptian life, and its influence—despite Arab nationalism’s frequent association with dictatorial regimes—could be a key bulwark against religious extremism there
Raja Shehadeh’s new memoir joins a growing list of literary works on Palestinian life before Israel. But do they tell the whole story?
Progress toward Kurdistan, and more
The mighty culinary reach of the Ottoman Empire
Jonathan Schneer’s history of the Balfour Declaration frames a still-unfolding struggle
Moses Montefiore was an observant Jew who helped forge an international Jewish public
A new book explores the rich history of Turkey’s Dönme, Sephardic Jews who converted to Islam in the 1600s
Grigoris Balakian was the Primo Levi of the Armenian Genocide. Ninety years later, his memoir is published in English.
An introduction to the beguiling melodies of maftirim
Journalist Amy Dockser Marcus talks with Sara Ivry about the the rival interests that energized the city a century ago
Robert Worth, David Goldman, Edward Luttwak, Amos Harel, Nathan Thrall, and Lee Smith on the new Arab map
Street performers who pose for tourists by the Colosseum battle city authorities
Israel takes another small step toward Haredi conscription
…that he doesn’t want them to do comedy
We profiled Medea Benjamin back last year
The casino magnate gives another $40 million to Birthright
And redeems all the world’s Glenns
A survivor transforms as his son graduates medical school
Plus a grisly, daylight murder in London
“Let them dance, let them sing—but don’t make wars.”
The beginning to the world’s best Craigslist ad?
Berlin was once home to 50,000 Jewish-owned businesses. A historian is now obsessively reconstructing their demise.
A visit to B&H Restaurant on Second Avenue brings back memories of milchig establishments of yore
Singer Vera Gran was haunted by allegations of Nazi collaboration. A new book asks if survival made her guilty.