Be Happy

We’re commanded to be happy on Purim, and it turns out the acts required for proper observance—from donning costumes to celebrating with others—provide useful tricks for brightening moods year round

Known and Unknown

Americans say that the Bible is central to them—a divine instruction manual for life on earth. How is it, then, a new book asks, that they know so little of it?

Immersion

A newfound fascination with exploring her religion brought a somewhat reluctant joiner to Limmud NY, a frenzied three-day festival of Jewish thought. Here’s her diary.

An Unmarried Woman

Alone among the Bible’s heroes, the prophet Devorah, my namesake and the hero of this week’s haftorah, didn’t need a man to make her complete. But what can a modern single woman learn from her?

Sky Scrapers

Jacob’s ladder, the subject of this week’s parasha, is a lot like the great video game Minecraft

As We See It

What Jacob—the hero of this week’s parasha—and the Tea Party can teach us about politics

Roadside Rage

An anti-Arab attack in East Jerusalem, and this week’s parasha about Abraham in Sodom

The Enabler

Stories of Abraham, the original outsider, and a young Israeli activist who followed his lead

Safer Torah

An illustrated look at Torah theft and Torah protection

Law Practice: Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Jewish Law, and the Principle of Binding Precedent

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Jewish law, and the principle of binding precedent

Save a Torah Controversy Prompts Deal

Nonprofit pledges stricter authentication standards

Field Study

Why the holiday of Shavuot is all but ignored across America

Torah’s Story Up for Debate

No, not the one written inside

By the Book

Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Torah

Judge Dread

A haftorah of women and war

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