The Tumultuous Life and Nuanced Work of Israel’s Greatest Children’s Book Writer

After tragedy, Dvora Omer found flaws, beauty in the nation’s founding figures, turning them into literary heroes

In Death of Ex-Hasid Estranged From Her Religious Children, a Mirror for Trauma of Many

A father reflects on his own efforts to stay close to his children after deciding to live a secular life

Surrender or Die

A gripping new history of Flavius Josephus portrays a Roman Jewish writer forever wrestling with his identity

Building True Acceptance

By helping gay kids, synagogues and Jewish schools can make the community better for all of us

Mourning My Mother, Finally

For years, I tried to forget my mother’s suicide. Then a yahrzeit notice made me face the past.

Cut Short

In a memoir about her sister’s 1990 suicide, Jill Bialosky reckons with Judaism’s complicated—and still evolving—position on the taking of one’s own life

Dudu’s Dead

Disgraced Israeli TV star found hanged in prison cell

Exceptional Spiritedness

A writer-lawyer tackles Primo Levi’s tangled life and legacy

Daybreak: Madoff Speaks

Plus, tension at the Lebanon border

Sundown: Anne Frank, Not So Bitter

Anne at 80, chattering teeth, and a lox recall

Among Rocks and Stones

On a northern Atlantic shore, I discovered how to mourn—and honor—my brother

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