On the first day of April, Yetta Mandelbaum of Boca Raton calls her son Howard, a freelance software designer in Seattle. “I just wanted to...

Bagels and lox are among the most famous elements of American Jewish culture. According to Leo Rosten, author of The Joys of Yiddish, the bagel...

To the Editor: Kudos to Tevi Troy for describing how leftist Jews “superimpose” their political beliefs onto Jewish festivals such as Tu B’Shvat [“I Think That...

Leaving the Jewish Fold: Conversion and Radical Assimilation in Modern Jewish HistoryBy Todd EndelmanPrinceton, 425 pages There are many Jewish sociologists, fewer sociologists of the Jews,...

At every synagogue, the month of Elul at the end of summer is exhausting for the leadership of the congregation and for the rabbi—as it...

Mendelson was a devout man—went to every service, prayed every prayer, said every blessing required of him. But he could not make a go of...

Every year, in midwinter, synagogue bulletins and Jewish Community Center emails are filled with announcements of organic Sabbath lunches, environmental lectures, and recycling drives. The...

To the Editor: The excellent article by Robert Slayton, “‘Children in Europe are Europe’s problem!’” [October 2014] clearly documents the role of anti-Semitism in destroying the...

To the Editor: In reading Jack Wertheimer’s “What You Don’t Know About the Ultra-Orthodox” [July/August], I was struck by the thought that many of us, myself...

Our April issue featured Mr. Lefkowitz’s “The Rise of Social Orthodoxy,” which has occasioned an extraordinary amount of comment and ferment within the Jewish community. We here offer...

The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East EuropeBy Yohanan Petrovsky-ShternPrinceton University Press, 415 page Shtetl: A Vernacular Intellectual HistoryBy Jeffrey ShandlerRutgers...