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
Iran is desperate to prop up Assad regime
Plus ‘Israel Firsters,’ the Americans of Beit Shemesh, and more
Plus U.S. pledges Iran attack past ‘red lines,’ and more
Plus Hanukkah in Omaha, and more
Plus tension in Lebanon, Iranian provocation, and more in the news
Newt Gingrich says the Palestinians are an “invented people.” They are, like many others in the Middle East. It’s a useful myth the U.S. must support.
Is North Korea less likely to help Iranian and Syrian nuclear programs?
Plus Egyptian Salafists come out in favor of peace, and more in the news
But might reliance on cocaine trade, backing of Assad also hurt the group?
Plus Russia and China protect Syria still, and more in the news
Plus Peres ‘ashamed’ of rancid bills, and more in the news
But Obama is in with Israelis, and more in the news
Plus tightening of vise around Iran and Syria, and more
Plus the GOP debate, developments in Egypt, and more in the news
Plus new Iran sanctions, the king of Jordan’s trip, and more in the news
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