Arts & Culture

Over the last 30 years, books for young Jews have dropped religious and national identity and become obsessed with the Holocaust. Can they be put on a better track?

May 27 2020 12:01AM

Born in the Soviet Union, the painter took on everything and everybody from Dizzy Gillespie to New York street life to the Holocaust. When will he get his full due?

May 19 2020 12:01AM

Israel’s Labor Party—the political organization that erected the governing structures of the country—has now been reduced to a mere three seats in the Knesset. What happened?

April 30 2020 12:01AM

The author of “Shibboleths and Sun Salutations: Should Religious Jews Practice Yoga?” joins us to defend his ideas.

April 8 2020 11:50AM

Is there a difference between pestilence and plague?

April 8 2020 12:01AM

In his new book, Ross Douthat writes convincingly of America’s descent into decadence and torpor. Can anything stop the slide?

April 1 2020 12:01AM

Contemporary yoga culture fits in with the widespread sense of religiosity as something inner and instinctual rather than communal and tradition-bound.

March 23 2020 12:01AM

Houdini’s was the prototypically self-made American tale. But even while turning himself into the world’s greatest breaker of constraints, he remained a proudly identified Jew.

March 17 2020 12:01AM

Why some Orthodox Jews are nervous about yoga, and why they’re right to be.

March 9 2020 12:01AM

An Italian Yiddish was never in the cards, as the case of “Judeo-Mantuan” makes clear, because Jews were more closely integrated into Italian society than they were in Eastern Europe.

March 4 2020 12:01AM

And most of them reveal a hidden admiration for the person who’s had the wit and the grit to get away with it.

Feb. 19 2020 12:01AM

The memoirs of this 17th-century Jewish woman have long fascinated historians. For the first time, a complete English edition brings her to life for today’s readers.

Feb. 4 2020 12:01AM

The figure of the great fairy king in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is descended from Judah Maccabee.

Dec. 26 2019 12:01AM

Six more Mosaic writers share their favorites, featuring shadow strikes, orchards, gleanings, constitutional evolutions and revolutions, serotonin, odd women, and more.

Dec. 19 2019 12:01AM