How YMHAs, followed by synagogue-centers, and finally JCCs have tried—in different ways—to balance Judaism and Jewishness, by bringing Jews together in intellectual, spiritual, and physical pursuits
A reading list reflecting the environmentalist values of this underappreciated holiday
Ep. 165: Director Scott Ellis on working on ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ and Pittsburgh matchmaker Tova Weinberg on what men and women really want
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ why a Jew may not sacrifice an animal in such a way that its blood flows into the ocean, and other rules protecting worshippers from the limits of paganism
A Christian pilgrimage site called Qasr al Yahud has started drawing Jewish visitors, attracted by its biblical history
‘We keep our memories alive,’ said the mayor of Trikala, where a new memorial was recently unveiled
Our synagogues need a police presence that makes all of us feel safe—including those who are terrified of police
When Temple Hadar Israel in New Castle, Pennsylvania, closed its doors, most of its ritual objects were disbursed to other congregations. What was left was buried in a cemetery.
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ the Talmud reiterates how intention defines human acts. Plus: Does a dropped blade accidentally decapitating an animal count as ritual slaughter?
And why Rosh Hashanah is a better new year’s celebration
When I moved to the Upper West Side, my building disclosed a wonderful secret
The rise and fall of Beersheba, a Jewish agricultural colony that brought immigrants to Kansas in the 1880s
Ep. 163: Leah Forster, the formerly Hasidic comedian in hot water with religious authorities, and Presbyterian minister Jeff Hutchinson
In a Polish prisoner’s lectures on Proust and a Jewish Holocaust survivor’s defiant Hebrew calendar, lessons in resilience and survival
When I was little, I got to meet Santa Claus at the mall. I quickly discovered that we had something surprising in common.
Secular Jews have started to appreciate the nonreligious aspects of the holiday, from blinking lights to chocolate Santas to Mariah Carey’s Yuletide hits
In my New Jersey town, Torah comes before bread
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ intentionality and human agency remain at the heart of Jewish law. Plus: the difference between a pagan and a heretic.
As the drink has gained popularity, distilleries have created a new whiskey scene—one with a distinctly Israeli flavor
‘Love, Actually’ is not just great, but it may also be the most Jewish Christmas movie ever made
Ep. 161: Former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and ‘New York Times’ writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner
A traveling museum show introduces new audiences to cartoonist and silly-machine inventor Rube Goldberg
Whether they care about social justice or spirituality or health concerns, Jewish groups are getting involved with cannabis
Thousands of secular Israelis became newly observant and joined Haredi communities in the 1970s and ’80s. Now, their children and grandchildren are searching for a place of their own.
Israel’s kibbutzim start taking in African asylum-seekers and their families
Jews desperately need a holiday beverage that isn’t heavy and creamy. The choice is clear.
Ep. 160: From warding off the evil eye to rules about whistling, why superstitions remain such an ingrained part of Jewish life
A century ago, Rabbi Moise Bergman helped the people of Albuquerque survive a deadly epidemic
A recent ‘New York Times’ essay delivers a crucial reminder from the Founding Fathers about identity politics
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis debate who is free to butcher animals piously according to Jewish ritual. Plus: the one transgression that is unforgivable under the Torah.