Header

From ‘Y’ to ‘J’: The History of Jewish Community Centers

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

Header

Tu B’Shevat Books to Share With Kids

A reading list reflecting the environmentalist values of this underappreciated holiday

Header

Match Game

Ep. 165: Director Scott Ellis on working on ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ and Pittsburgh matchmaker Tova Weinberg on what men and women really want

Header

Slaughtering With Intent

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

Header

Crossing the Jordan

A Christian pilgrimage site called Qasr al Yahud has started drawing Jewish visitors, attracted by its biblical history

Header

A Greek Town Commemorates Its Holocaust History

‘We keep our memories alive,’ said the mayor of Trikala, where a new memorial was recently unveiled

Header

Cops Don’t Make All Jews Feel Safer

Our synagogues need a police presence that makes all of us feel safe—including those who are terrified of police

Header

Saying Kaddish for a Rust Belt Congregation

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.

Header

Cuts Like a Knife

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?

Header

Why New Year’s Eve Is the Worst

And why Rosh Hashanah is a better new year’s celebration

Header

The Library in the Laundry Room

When I moved to the Upper West Side, my building disclosed a wonderful secret

Header

Jews on the Prairie

The rise and fall of Beersheba, a Jewish agricultural colony that brought immigrants to Kansas in the 1880s

Header

Out of Bounds

Ep. 163: Leah Forster, the formerly Hasidic comedian in hot water with religious authorities, and Presbyterian minister Jeff Hutchinson

Header

Time Regained

In a Polish prisoner’s lectures on Proust and a Jewish Holocaust survivor’s defiant Hebrew calendar, lessons in resilience and survival

Header

Secret Santa

When I was little, I got to meet Santa Claus at the mall. I quickly discovered that we had something surprising in common.

Header

Christmas Envy—in Israel

Secular Jews have started to appreciate the nonreligious aspects of the holiday, from blinking lights to chocolate Santas to Mariah Carey’s Yuletide hits

Header

Song of Passaic

In my New Jersey town, Torah comes before bread

Header

Natural Causes

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.

Header

Whiskey Takes Off in Israel

As the drink has gained popularity, distilleries have created a new whiskey scene—one with a distinctly Israeli flavor

Header

Judaism, Actually

‘Love, Actually’ is not just great, but it may also be the most Jewish Christmas movie ever made

Header

Lords and A-Listers

Ep. 161: Former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and ‘New York Times’ writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Header

Rise of the Machines

A traveling museum show introduces new audiences to cartoonist and silly-machine inventor Rube Goldberg

Header

A New Leaf

Whether they care about social justice or spirituality or health concerns, Jewish groups are getting involved with cannabis

Header

‘Baal Teshuvah’: The Next Generation

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.

Header

Finding a Safe Space on a Kibbutz

Israel’s kibbutzim start taking in African asylum-seekers and their families

Header

The Case for Vodka

Jews desperately need a holiday beverage that isn’t heavy and creamy. The choice is clear.

Header

The Superstition Episode

Ep. 160: From warding off the evil eye to rules about whistling, why superstitions remain such an ingrained part of Jewish life

Header

Beating the Flu

A century ago, Rabbi Moise Bergman helped the people of Albuquerque survive a deadly epidemic

Header

Happiness, Happiness You Shall Pursue

A recent ‘New York Times’ essay delivers a crucial reminder from the Founding Fathers about identity politics

Header

Slaughterhouse Shrive

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.

Load More...