Armenian Exceptionalism

Levon Aronian: Armenia's world-title hope

Holocaust Amnesia

People who argue that Holocaust Memorial Day is past its sell-by date are wrong. There is still so much to learn from such unprecedented evil

A Personal Story of Memory and Survival

Simon Schama's Story of the Jews may contain some serious omissions, but this haunting history is both captivating and enchanting.

Letter from Ukraine: Reviving Lost Literature

Chernovtsy's literary festival is an unexpected way for residents to connect with the Ukrainian city's lost past

Have You Heard the One About Auschwitz?

Far more than an exercise in oy-veying and kvetching, the Jewish joke is a vital strategy for survival in a bleak and hostile world

Was Crucifixion a Jewish Penalty?

Some academics have questioned whether Jesus died on the cross. Exploring historical sources, however, we can learn much about the ancient world's way of death

Jocks Away

Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy's Jewish Jocks features some real life He-Menschen, but also a host of anti-jocks: tennis's first transexual player and the world record hot dog competition eater

Just Not Kosher

Jewish Mum of the Year is both offensive and fails to explain the vagaries of Jewish life without resorting to shameful stereotyping

Norway’s Problem with Anti-Semitism

Soon Jews will have no visible presence in the most prosperous nation on earth. No one is protecting them

Uncharitable Thoughts

A relentlessly hostile critic of Israel, Oxfam are destroying the second-hand book trade in the UK

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"