In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis—debating the origins of the omer—explore the sanctity of different forms of wheat. Plus: Can seeds found in elephant dung be made clean by replanting?
Why American Jews changed their family names during the interwar years
The first Jewish member of Congress was a virulent nativist and anti-immigration troll who ended his life in an insane asylum. He was also acclaimed as the most brilliant orator of his age.
The democratic essence of modern Judaism was forged by the Chasidic rabbis of early 19th century Pshyskhe
A Midwest road trip makes a mother ponder independence, parenting, and Jewishness
Why Germany seeks to increase trade with a murderous theocracy bent on Israel’s destruction
What concentrations of wealth unseen since the Gilded Age have wrought on the global art market, and what they portend for the future
Bieber, free jazz, prog rock — Fenway organist Josh Kantor provides the score for the grand drama of Red Sox fandom
An explosive device was left at the upstate NY home of billionaire George Soros, a frequent target of far right and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories
Get your tickets for Unorthodox Live, coming to Cleveland Nov. 5th
‘I am enjoying Vienna enormously,’ the composer wrote to his parents in 1966, ‘as much as a Jew can’
As an educator and feminist activist, Alice Shalvi has been a major force for decades. At 92, she shares her life story in her new memoir, ‘Never a Native.’
Campus Week: How did an elite, repressive minority policing speech and culture through political correctness come to browbeat the American democratic majority?
Campus Week: Jewish populations are falling at schools like Harvard and Yale. Should we care?
Why chasing game through the forest remains the most brutal, boring, indubitably non-Jewish pastime on the planet
Campus Week: Five alternatives to wasting your time and money on a worthless degree
Campus Week: A memoir of discomfort—and progress—as a graduate student at the University of Michigan in the 1960s