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Members of the Jewish community of Mallorca, Spain, attend a Tu b'Shvat picnic, Feb. 10, 2019. (Cnaan Liphshiz)

For Purim, Mallorcan Jews didn’t need to hide

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain — On this island south of Barcelona, Jews celebrate Purim these days pretty much as they do most anywhere else in Europe — finally. There is...

A ketubah from Bergen-Belsen. (YIVO archives)

Ketubah affirms life in the midst of death

By Henry Abramson JERUSALEM — It is jarring to see a Star of David placed between the Hebrew transliteration of the words Bergen-Belsen, the notorious Nazi...

From left: Model Rosie Vela in a 1975 Chanel skirt suit (Arthur Elgort/Conde Nast/Getty); Gitta Banko carrying a black Chanel bag with silver hardware (Christian Vierig/Getty); a Fall 1963 Chanel skirt suit (Getty)

Lagerfeld rescued a brand and reputation

By Michelle Honig NEW YORK — If you walk into any wealthy Jewish American neighborhood, a careful eye will spot designer duds — Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton —...

Dr. Simcha Raphael

Simcha Raphael investigates the Jewish perspective on life after death

Dr. Simcha Raphael, a psychotherapist, bereavement counselor and scholar, is constantly asked whether Jews believe in life after death — and most assume the answer is...

Ariella Barker

Jews with disabilities share their thoughts on inclusion

NEW YORK — Discussions about accessibility and inclusion for those with disabilities have become more mainstream in the Jewish world. But there are plenty of issues...

Two Birthrightes celebrate Shabbat.

Birthright launches ‘rewards’ program

NEW YORK — Everyone knows about how accumulating credit card points can reap significant awards. Now select young Jews returning home from Birthright trips to Israel...

Prof. Deborah Lipstadt (Osnat Perelshtein)

Deborah Lipstadt on anti-Semitism — from the right and left

. Deborah Lipstadt, unadorned yet instantly recognizable, ambles down the hallway at the Marriott DTC. Post-hellos, the hunt is on for a quiet corner and a reviving...

A view of Pelourinho Square in Belmonte, Portugal (Filipe Rocha/Wikmedia)

The Inquisition isn’t just history here

BELMONTE, Portugal — To a casual observer, the weekend routines of the Jewish community of this placid town of about 6,000 in eastern Portugal are deceptively normal....

The Yiddish anarchism exhibition at YIVO

YIVO holds exhibit on Yiddish anarchism

NEW YORK — To the degree that you know anything about Yiddish anarchism, it probably boils down to one name: Emma Goldman. Even then you are probably more familiar...

Smartphone artwork

Smartphones not so smart for babies and children

By Noam Dvir In recent months, more parents of elementary school-age children are taking steps to battle smartphone madness by giving their children basic mobile devices...