We Were Slaves — We Know What It Means to Not Fit In

The test of a community is not how it receives the most powerful, but how it welcomes the most vulnerable.

East Meets West

This morning, I blogged about the poetry of Taha Muhammad Ali and his translator, Peter Cole. In July, I wrote ...

What You Need to Know About the Autism Spectrum

Often misunderstood, autism spectrum disorder encompasses a wide range of behaviors and personalities—it can also give a person some unique strengths. Here’s what it really means to have autism.

The United Nations Partition Plan of 1947

The details of this ill-fated effort to create a two-state solution for Jews and Palestinians.

How I Got My Mr. Fix-It Dad to Stop Trying to Fix Me

If there’s a lightbulb out or some Ikea furniture to put together, we ask my dad to do it. If ...

Ketubot 77

Talmudic brain surgery.

Sex, Violence, and, Shades of Grey

The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy is everywhere. I saw a woman reading it the subway last week and another ...

Jewish Refugees During and After the Holocaust

Jews fleeing the Nazis had difficulty finding countries that would take them in.

Awakening From Above

The Month of Nisan and Passover.

Mitzvot: Contemporary Understandings

For Jewish religious thinkers in our time, the question "why observe mitzvot?" has become a central and critical concern. Some answers echo earlier periods, some are new.