Jewish identity

Orthodox rabbis need to stop worrying about 200-year-old battles with “Reformers” and allow Jewish law to develop organically, as it always did in the past.

David Golinkin
Dec. 22 2013 8:47PM

A new biography of the art historian Bernard Berenson distinguishes itself from its predecessors by exploring his childhood in Lithuania and his adolescent struggles with Jewish identity.

Marco Grassi
Dec. 17 2013 12:00AM

There have been two moments in the last 150 years when the assumptions behind Jewish law seemed poised to change. Nothing happened. Is today different?

Dec. 15 2013 2:14PM

Why Jewish law is more a set of guidelines than of rules.

Gil Student
Dec. 8 2013 9:18PM

Why Israel is the foundation upon which the house of Jewish culture can be most safely built.

Ran Baratz
Nov. 20 2013 9:55PM

Dear Hillel: Don’t you think that Israel needs American Jews to help it withstand the campaigns of hate it faces?

Nov. 13 2013 8:57PM

The Pew Research Center’s recent survey, A Portrait of Jewish Americans, reveals that for those Jews who choose to remain Jews, religion and peoplehood are still one and inseparable.. . .

Don Seeman
Nov. 12 2013 12:00AM

A new-old paradigm is taking hold in Israel: a secularism based on a renewed embrace of Judaism.

Micah Goodman
Nov. 10 2013 10:37PM

Hillel Halkin's scorn for American Jewry.

Nov. 6 2013 3:21PM

“For the first time, I felt the weight of this ancient tradition that had endured, miraculously, for thousands of years.”

Kate Havard
Oct. 17 2013 12:00AM

Pew’s survey of American Jews raises more questions about the state of American Jewry than it answers.

Shmuel Rosner
Oct. 4 2013 12:00AM

More than Saul Bellow or Philip Roth, James Salter (né Horowitz) captures the situation of assimilated American Jews—by never writing from a Jewish perspective.

Rich Cohen
Oct. 1 2013 12:00AM

The real fight facing American Jews is not against intermarriage but for marriage itself.

Sylvia Barack Fishman
Sept. 8 2013 10:52PM

The battle is over; or so we’re told. A half-century after the rate of intermarriage in the US began to skyrocket, the Jewish community appears to have resigned itself to the inevitable. But to declare defeat is preposterous.

Sept. 3 2013 12:01AM