Avignon

The Jewish Traveler
Feature

Avignon

by Jules B. Farber

Better known as the alternate address for popes in the 14th century, Avignon was in fact those same Christian religious leaders who offered refuge to...

Modern Hamantaschen and Other Savory Tweaks

Holidays
Purim

Modern Hamantaschen and Other Savory Tweaks

by Adeena Sussman

Many of the "modern" adjustments in author Leah Koenig's new cookbook are subtle, but the results to classics like roasted chicken, schav and gefilte fish...

Retracing Old Footsteps

Wider World
Feature

Retracing Old Footsteps

by Rahel Musleah

The stories of b’nei anousim—descendents of Jews forced to live as Christians in Spain and Portugal—are anguished, joyous, passionate and soul-filling....

The Blessing of Comic Relief

Family
Feature

The Blessing of Comic Relief

by Nancy Kelton

My niece through marriage died two years ago at age 40. We sat shiva at her brother’s house in Needham, Massachusetts. His 6-year-old daughter helped...

What's in a Name?

Wider World
Feature

What's in a Name?

by Andrée Aelion Brooks

Once upon a time, Jews lived in the medieval hilltop village of Ayllón, 90 miles north of Madrid. Expelled from Spain in 1492, there was...

Finding Freedom Within Ourselves: Righteous Women in the Bible

Being Jewish
Commentary

Finding Freedom Within Ourselves: Righteous Women in the Bible

by Tamar Frankiel

“In the merit of righteous women, our ancestors were redeemed from Egypt” (Talmud, Sotah 11b). Our Sages are pointing to the acts of Miriam, the sister...

Feeling Is Believing

Arts
Dance

Feeling Is Believing

by Rahel Musleah

The dancers in Sadeh21 appear onstage one by one, moving with a limber, spider-like gait, simultaneously sharp and fluid. As the 21 scenes (or fields, English...

New Oral Treatment for Gaucher Disease

Health + Medicine
Quick Scan

New Oral Treatment for Gaucher Disease

by Randi O'Connor

Gaucher is the most common Jewish genetic disease, and for its sufferers, treatment, up until now, has been burdensome....

Ben-Gurion to Beantown

The Jewish Traveler
Wanderings

Ben-Gurion to Beantown

by Libby Barnea

El Al Israel Airlines will soon begin nonstop service between Tel Aviv and Boston....

Say 'I Do'—Then Visit Israel

Being Jewish
Ritual

Say 'I Do'—Then Visit Israel

by Randi O'Connor

Low-cost honeymoon trips to Israel aim to welcome young Jewish couples to their local Jewish communities....

Joshua Nelson

Being Jewish
Personality

Joshua Nelson

by Amy Klein

This musician’s levity and humor are in service of a deeper message: taking every piece of who he is and recognizing it—the African-American and the...

When Our Enemy Fights Our Enemy

Israeli Scene
News + Politics

When Our Enemy Fights Our Enemy

by Jonathan Spyer

January 11. The Syrian civil war is measurably the greatest disaster to hit the Levant since the end of World War II. It has led to...

Bunk Mentality

American View
Life + Style

Bunk Mentality

by Rahel Musleah

A new initiative from the Foundation for Jewish Camp, called BunkConnect, is making it easier for families to afford Jewish camps....

The Betrayers: A Novel

Books
Fiction

The Betrayers: A Novel

by Stewart Kampel

Set in Crimea, this books relates a story that is simple on its surface but deeply scrutinizes ethical judgments, even though the events transpire in...

Biographies of Ben-Gurion, Begin

Books
Non-fiction

Biographies of Ben-Gurion, Begin

by Peter Ephross

Begin only features as a minor player in Anita Shapira’s biography of David Ben-Gurion, but Israel's first leader is a major foil in Daniel Gordis’s...

Nazis, Islamists and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Books
Non-fiction

Nazis, Islamists and the Making of the Modern Middle East

by Jack Fischel

Both an Arab nationalist and an Islamic fundamentalist, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini sided with Nazi Germany during World War II and agitated...

Ambassador Rabbi

American View
Personality

Ambassador Rabbi

by Rachel Schwartzberg

Rabbi David Saperstein is the first Jew to hold the position of ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom....

Drops of Water in Senegal

Wider World
News + Politics

Drops of Water in Senegal

by Esther Hecht

Israel is helping small farmers in Senegal, many of them women, move from subsistence farming to commercial farming....

The Latest Films: From Tense Courtroom Drama to Diplomacy on the World Stage

Arts
Film

The Latest Films: From Tense Courtroom Drama to Diplomacy on the World Stage

Reviews of GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, Diplomacy and the documentaries Above and Beyond, about Jewish World War II pilots, and Watchers of the...

Relax, Stretch, Birth

Hadassah
Feature
Health + Medicine
Feature

Relax, Stretch, Birth

by Wendy Elliman

  The women sitting silently in the hospital waiting room are all riding the infertility roller coaster. Some tap on their phones, others read, most simply...