Joshua J. Friedman, a former editor at The Atlantic and the Boston Review, is a writer in New York City.


Holiday smartphone apps offer everything from a simulated candle for ferreting out hametz to a Ten Plagues noisemaker that you never knew you needed


String Theory

Artist Ben Schachter puzzles over boundaries, real and imagined


Piece Meal

The first Passover celebrations included neither haggadah nor seder. With the passage of millennia, the two have become central elements. Herewith an interactive guide to the collage of texts that constitutes the holiday’s guidebook.


Midrash Manicurist

An aspiring rabbi interprets the Torah on her fingernails


Prayer Type

How Eliyahu Koren used typography to encourage a new way to pray

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