“Hidden Heretics” by Ayala Fader discusses how ultra-Orthodox Jews can secretly read forbidden literature while confirming to community standards.
Purim is a holiday for sweets, but Passover is a holiday for actual candy.
Limitations on artificial lighting has profoundly influenced society. It was never impossible to light up the night, but light always came with costs.
“The charts are utterly devoid of Jewish shows, and emerging podcasting platforms have yet to express any interest in developing them.”
“Unlike the real-life version, the Kaddish of television and movies is almost never said together with other Jews, or anyone else at all.”
Perhaps the best use of a Jewish ritual takes place on an episode of “MASH.”
Amid all the stories of matzo, horseradish and gefilte fish, one item always escapes scrutiny during the holiday season. Behold: The secret history of the origins and progress of the kosher fruit jelly slice.
Turns out that the grogger — that ubiquitous Purim noisemaker — has a fascinating and surprisingly violent history. Scholar David Zvi Kalman explains.
Exactly 500 years after the first Grace After Meals book was published, Jews are creating a queer-inclusive version for Orthodox and non-Orthodox use alike.