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Why the King James Version of the Bible Remains the Best

Why the King James Version of the Bible Remains the Best

The 400-year-old translation is denigrated because of its archaic language. That’s one of its greatest strengths.

May 27 2015 12:01AM
Why Does “Making” Mean What It Means for American Ashkenazi Jews?

Why Does “Making” Mean What It Means for American Ashkenazi Jews?

If you don’t know what it means, you can probably figure it out. (Or you can read this column.)

Nov. 22 2017 12:01AM
The Balfour Declaration and the Jewish Threat that Made Britain Honor It

The Balfour Declaration and the Jewish Threat that Made Britain Honor It

How Zionist leaders held Britain to its promise of a Jewish national home.

Oct. 31 2019 12:01AM
My Life with Leonard Cohen

My Life with Leonard Cohen

Friends, but never close, our paths intersected and then diverged, until this past September, when I connected with Leonard for the last time.

Nov. 30 2016 12:01AM
"A Lot of People Want Malmö to Fail, Just as They Want Salahuddin and Me to Hate Each Other"

"A Lot of People Want Malmö to Fail, Just as They Want Salahuddin and Me to Hate Each Other"

A visit with an imam and a rabbi who together are attempting the impossible in Sweden’s most notoriously anti-Semitic city.

Jan. 21 2020 12:01AM
On View for the First Time in 100 Years: An Exquisite Medieval Haggadah

On View for the First Time in 100 Years: An Exquisite Medieval Haggadah

A few months ago, I was approached with a request to become involved in a then-secret mission: to examine one of the very few high-medieval Haggadahs still in private hands.

April 23 2019 12:01AM
An Unknown Yiddish Masterpiece That Anticipated the Holocaust

An Unknown Yiddish Masterpiece That Anticipated the Holocaust

Written in 1923, “In the Crucifix Kingdom” depicts Europe as a Jewish wasteland. Why has no one read it?

April 15 2015 12:01AM
In Photos: The Story of the Liberation of Jerusalem a Century Ago

In Photos: The Story of the Liberation of Jerusalem a Century Ago

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s unification in the Six-Day War. It also marks the 100th anniversary of a fierce World War I battle that saved the city from destruction.

May 22 2017 12:01AM
The Soviet Jews Who Risked Persecution for the Sake of Matzah

The Soviet Jews Who Risked Persecution for the Sake of Matzah

Lugging suitcases or large woven bags—anything big enough to hold a carton of matzah without raising suspicion—tens of thousands made their way to underground bakeries.

April 28 2016 12:01AM
The Gematria of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
May 25 2016 12:01AM
The Hollywood Legend Who Mobilized the English Language on Behalf of the Jews of Europe and Israel

The Hollywood Legend Who Mobilized the English Language on Behalf of the Jews of Europe and Israel

Ben Hecht invented the gangster movie. He also prodded Roosevelt into saving thousands of Jews from the Nazis, and marshaled reluctant American Jews into becoming Zionists.

July 3 2019 12:01AM
Time for Swedish Jews to Leave?

Time for Swedish Jews to Leave?

When we ask for guarantees of our safety, we’re met with speeches and calls for patience. This is not living.

March 18 2015 12:01AM
The Unusual Relationship Between Abraham Lincoln and the Jews

The Unusual Relationship Between Abraham Lincoln and the Jews

As a powerful new exhibit shows, the 16th president felt a close connection to the Jewish people. Why?

April 1 2015 12:01AM