Tisha B’Av was the first Jewish holiday I learned about growing up in Soviet Ukraine, and I’ve come to observe it in unexpected ways
The victims of the Ardeatine Caves murders included partisans, Jews, and a Sardinian folk star named Gavino De Lunas
Barbara Aiello has uncovered many Italians’ secret histories. But her methods and theories have won her many detractors.
Calvin Trillin’s Spaghetti alla Carbonara gets a kosher makeover
With radical views on gays, abortion, and Jews, Francis is modernizing the church. Can we convince our relatives to believe it?
In the Talmud’s descriptions of self-glorifying and self-enriching Temple priests, lessons for today’s public officials
Dan Kaufman and his band Barbez blend jazz, rock, liturgical melodies, and Italian neo-realism on ‘Bella Ciao’
Reza Aslan’s powerful new ‘Zealot’ paints a vivid, accessible portrait of Jesus as a Jewish nationalist
Street performers who pose for tourists by the Colosseum battle city authorities
A gripping new history of Flavius Josephus portrays a Roman Jewish writer forever wrestling with his identity
The American Academy in Jerusalem will welcome its inaugural class of fellows this fall. The four artists—plus founder Elise Bernhardt, of the Foundation for Jewish Culture—talk about the program.
As a child, writer David Bezmozgis was among the Soviet refugees who waited in a seaside Italian village for a visa to the U.S. or Canada. His novel The Free World explores the grittier side of life there.
Plus, understanding through translation, the war on lox, and more
Hamas and Israel both guilty, Rome adopts Shalit, and more from the news.