A roundtable with ‘baal teshuvah’ Jews—who grew up non-Orthodox but later chose Orthodoxy—about why they started their journeys, what they had to leave behind, and which aspects of religious life they love the most
Being the mom of a ‘baal teshuvah’ was hard—until it wasn’t
Boro Park, Brooklyn, late 1970s, at the nexus of a cultish hippiedom and ultra-Orthodoxy
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.
A new play explores how Judaism divides a Jewish family
An Orthodox woman’s ill-fated engagement sends Haredi rom-com down the path of blissed-out breakthroughs
When I got married, my sheitel was a symbol of my vows and my Orthodoxy. Then it became a symbol of my discontent.
Orthodox Jews new to insular traditions try to integrate the two worlds of strict religion and artistic self-expression
There are men who leave you for another woman, and there are men who leave you for a man. Then there are those who dump you for God.
Painter Ward Shelley plays with the history of Judaism in ‘The People of the Book,’ a series of giant, whimsical flowcharts that tell a story
The road to marriage churns up an unusual conundrum: What happens when you fall for the matchmaker—not the match?
King of the Jews, a Talmudic cult novel, and more
A haftorah of remorse and return
A new series brings a familiar face to an unfamiliar medium
Searching for the perfect wedding dress in the makeshift closets and back rooms of Brooklyn