The World's Greatest Feminist Fishmonger
March 11, 2014

The Sturgeon Queens profiles the smoked fish and appetizing emporium, Russ & Daughters. 

What the Crisis in Ukraine Means for Its 70,000 Jews
March 04, 2014

Do Ukrainian Jews have more to fear from pro-Western nationalist fascists or Russian sympathizers?

Since When Is Philip Roth an Idol?
He went from bete noire to laureate. Why'd we lose track of his flaws?
January 08, 2014

In the 1990s, Philip Roth drifted from bête noire to laureate. Why'd we lose track of his flaws?

Christmas Is the Greatest Jewish Holiday
Why I love Christmas—even though I don't celebrate it
December 19, 2013

Why I love Christmas—even though I'd never celebrate it

Netanyahu’s Insulting Appeal to American Jews
November 12, 2013

You should feel sympathy for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He is not crazy to perceive an Iran with an advancing nuclear weapons program as a potential existential threat to his country.

Michael Bloomberg Just Won More Money Than You'll Make in a Decade
October 21, 2013

What do you get for the man who has everything? A little more of it, apparently.

Imaginary Jews
The strange history of antisemitism in Western culture
October 11, 2013

From antiquity to more recent times, an endless series of writers and thinkers have crafted versions and visions of Jews and Judaism that are as ugly and frightening as they are effective. David Nirenberg gives us the history.

A Poll Causes Jews to Ask, What Does It Mean to Be Jewish?
October 01, 2013

The hinge moment in Jewish-American concern for what is somewhat euphemistically called “Jewish continuity” came in 1990, when the Jewish Federations’ National Jewish Population Survey found that more than half of Americans born as Jews—52 percent—wh

Some Advice for American Jews Visiting Israel: Stop Ignoring Palestinians
September 03, 2013

Wednesday night marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year (did you get your festive 5774 sunglasses?), when many American Jews will gather at synagogues, listen to their rabbis’ sermons, argue over the sermons, argue over Israel, argu

Ryan Braun Stoops Even Lower By Screaming ‘Anti-Semitism’
August 19, 2013

Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player, postponed his eventual suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s banned substances policy by casting doubts—even aspersions—on his urine collector when a urin