A question of morals for a loopy Coen-brothers script, in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study
A father’s story
Israeli cuisine is the all the rage in New York these days. But it’s missing one key ingredient: nationalism.
When I decided to physically transition from female to male, I didn’t consciously consider how my relationship to Judaism might change as a result
My youthful admiration for religious teachers, and my desire to please and even emulate them, ultimately helped me connect with myself as a Jewish adult
With surprising analogous thinking, ancient Talmudic sages tackled very modern questions—by accident or foresight, depending on how liberal your views—of transgender rights, the rights of unborn fetuses, women’s rights, and wealth distribution
Mayor De Blasio may be killing Manhattan’s storied neighborhood, once dense with high-rise factories, its sidewalks crowded with garmentos and push boys
Why there are no jokes about Jewish fathers
Episode 94: Discussing the hallmarks and stereotypes of Jewish communication with linguist John McWhorter, host of the Lexicon Valley podcast
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ what’s right—and what’s legal—in matters of inheritance
My father tried his luck on a surprising set of numbers
Tel Aviv literary events bring together sour food and sour stories, with sweet results
In Israel, a bevy of new programs are helping at-risk youth who’ve long been overlooked
Rabbi Michael Strassfeld is spending his retirement collecting signs from shuttered shuls.
Getting lost at summer camp made me rethink what psalms mean to me
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ one sage overrules the consensus, and men may dispose of their wealth upon their deathbeds at will
In the immediate aftermath of the Six-Day War, a Palestinian lawyer and two Israeli reservists nearly brokered a peace agreement. Just imagine how history would have unfolded had they succeeded.
What I found on a weekend trip to the Golan
The traditional Shavuot dessert is held together with memories as much as with cream cheese
Keeping alive the memory of my uncle, lost at sea in WWII
Shavuot offers an important lesson for politics today.
On a recent trip to Cuba, I learned more about my grandmother’s journey to America—and the different ways my family has interpreted that piece of our history
Move over, blintzes. A Romanian dish called malai, made from cornmeal and ricotta cheese, is a new holiday favorite.
How Moses could know how his people’s story would end before it was even written is in keeping with the spirit of ‘Daf Yomi’
The Tanya, a Lubavitcher spiritual text, could be the next big thing for secular self-help
Why do upscale kosher restaurants have such a short lifespan? Economics play a part, but so does culture.
Episode 90: Jack’s Wife Freda co-owner Maya Jankelowitz on bringing South African Israeli comfort food to New York City, and JTS professor Barry Holtz on Rabbi Akiva’s life and legacy
In Seattle’s Sephardic synagogues, women have come together to bake for more than a century. Will a younger generation continue the tradition?
In her new book ‘Set in Stone,’ Jenna Weissman Joselit recalls one synagogue’s battle over a stained-glass window
Daf Yomi: Interpreters of ancient Jewish law ‘often give the impression of doing whatever needs to be done to make the Bible mean what they want it to mean’