The so-called ultra-Orthodox may be the most recognizable Jews by virtue of their distinctive garb, but they continue to be the least-known actors on the...

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...

Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of TranscendenceBy Shai HeldIndiana University Press, 352 pages Among the rabbinic figures of the 20th century, none looms as large for...

Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern GermanyBy Yascha MounkFarrar, Straus and Giroux, 272 pages On December 7, 1970, West German chancellor Willy...

Laura O’Malley is the most surprising congregant in the Tuesday morning minyan at B’nai Shalom—Children of Peace. For one thing, she’s still in college, and...

“The Jews are better today because of him.” With this assurance, Joseph Telushkin concludes his new study of Menachem M. Schneerson, the seventh rebbe of...

“Schlubs  and  losers,” Laurie Cohen’s friend Maddy Levine said, “that’s what you’ll find on JDate, schlubs and losers. Believe me, I’ve been there, I know.”...

The New Reform Judaism: Challenges and ReflectionsBy Dana Evan KaplanThe Jewish Publication Society, 384 pages Buried within last fall’s “Portrait of Jewish Americans”—the Pew survey that...

Maimonides: Life and ThoughtBy Moshe HalbertalPrinceton University Press, 600 pages Over the past decade, more than eight centuries after the death of Maimonides, popular biographies and...

On April 19, 1865, Lewis Naphtali Dembitz—prominent lawyer, Jewish communal leader, and longtime activist in the Republican Party—ascended the pulpit of Beth Israel Synagogue on...

The last of his groundbreaking television comedy shows was canceled 56 years ago, when he was just 35 years old. He then all but disappeared...

Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s SoulBy Daniel GordisSchocken, 320 pages Menachem Begin, who lived the lives of 10 men at a time and in places...