I got my start in a contentious corner of the Jewish press. It’s good to be here again.
Everything you need to know about world turmoil today—from Obama to Assad to ISIS—is in the ethos of the Corleone family
‘Chained wives,’ refused Jewish divorces by their husbands, take to social media
The influential writer reflects on six decades of art, worry, and Jewish Princess jokes
Assassinated for his opposition to Zionism, de Haan’s life was a succession of scandals, from sex with young Arabs to radical diplomacy
‘This Changes Everything’ is great, except for the parts that don’t add up
The Book of Jonah teaches us to reach beyond our own community with the holiday’s message—whether we are accepted or rejected
Even if the person you wronged doesn’t remember what you did, it can still make a difference to ask for forgiveness. Maybe.
As Yom Kippur approaches, I’ll share what I’ve learned about how to apologize—and how not to
A Yiddish-inflected horoscope that’s equal parts astrology and menschy
Plus David Axelrod gets a new gig
A word for Jews and card players alike
Plus Bernard Malamud stories to get a celluloid second life
Plus Colin Powell backs Hagel for Defense Secretary
Sarah Bunin Benor’s new Jewish English Lexicon crowd-sources distinctive contributions to the language
With 200 acres, a love of the mamaloshen, and little by way of experience, a dreamer starts Yiddish Farm
The mame-loshn may be finding new speakers
The untold story of the great epic poem of the Holocaust—and the generous, tragic hero who wrote it
That hot new website making fun of Jewish Republicans? My husband and I made it—and you’re welcome.
Firgun is the ungrudging pleasure one takes in another’s good fortune, and there’s no English word for it
For some ultra-Orthodox writers, the tension between obedience and skepticism in their community fuels a unique art
Plus Manna that travels with you, a Swiss shul, and more
Plus meh, and meh
The literary journal Di Goldene Keyt nurtured Yiddish writers in Israel and the Diaspora—and made an author in Baltimore dream
Who needs Christian Bale as Moses when Val Kilmer did a brilliant job in the 90s?
Baruch Lebovits, who pleaded guilty to child molestation in May, served less than three months
Rudolf Hess’ prison food is being photographed for the first time.
How the 1984 paranormal comedy ended up in the conservative film canon
Jill Soloway’s latest offering is absorbing, sincere, and tender
A case of how doing what seems wrong can also be what’s right
Setting the record straight on the Hall of Famer’s 69th birthday
Talmudic scholars have never agreed on the pre-Yom Kippur chicken sacrifice
Rivlin joins 11-year-old George Amira, whose anti-bullying video went viral
On a new album, the captivating leader of the band Pharaoh’s Daughter reclaims the music that dominated her religious childhood
Chaya Ben Baruch’s sixth child was born with Down syndrome. Then she did what every good mother does—set out to find him a mate.
The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.