For many ex-ultra-Orthodox Jews, leaving the community means being excommunicated by their families, shunned by their friends, and learning how to navigate the modern world alone.
For trans people, airport confrontations are more than embarrassing, they can also be incredibly physically threatening.
"Frum porn" features supposedly Orthodox women in ankle-length skirts and head scarves having sex. But are ultra-religious Jews actually watching it?
Here's how they've gone from guffawing to panicking in about two months.
After fleeing her strict religious upbringing and an abusive past, Sara Erenthal is immersing herself in the New York art scene.
A dreadlocked Jew from Brooklyn walks into the Christian Comedy Association's annual conference to tell a few jokes...
JMom is basically like a 21st Century version of Fiddler on the Roof. What could go wrong? I invited my mom to test it out.
This week Danish researchers released a study claiming boys who were circumcised are up to 46 percent more likely to develop autism later in life.
Eva Mozes Kor is big on forgiveness. "I refused to be a victim, and now I am free," she says.
Jews in Iran haven't always been treated like fellow countrymen, so a newly-erected monument honoring Jews who fought in the Iran-Iraq War serves as a proverbial olive branch.
The stones were "recycled" by the Communist Party after World War II to build houses, roads, and gardens in Brest, Belarus.
Users on Reddit and Yelp claimed that a hookah lounge in the middle of an LA neighborhood filled with Persian Jews was a den of bigotry. The internet lies.
VICE News spent a few days in Gaza City surveying the damage and seeing how local residents were coping.
Shomrim (Hebrew for "guards") is on call 24 hours a day. Every day it gets 11 to 15 calls, but more just after the sabbath, when there's a backlog due to people reporting incidents they had witnessed the previous day when they couldn't use the phone.
Uriel Ferera, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish teenager, could have refused to serve in the Israeli military for religious reasons. Instead he chose to take the route that lands you in prison.
Last month, Israel struck a 1.2 million dollar deal with the parents of Melbourne-born Mossad agent. The payout marks the end of the Prisoner X case, which despite having national security implications, did little to capture the attention of Australia.
For this week's Mahal, I headed over to St. Mark's Bookshop, for the release of Clayton Patterson's new book, 'Jews: A People's History of the Lower East Side.' I got to catch up with the man himself to learn a bit about the historical culture of LES.
We recently drove into the sleepy northern Italian hamlet of Ponzone to meet Ando Gilardi, an 89-year-old Italian photographer, author, journalist, editor, and the perviest old perv on the peninsula.
I've known Ari Gold since we were ten. We went to an Orthodox Jewish Yeshiva together. He was my first big crush because he sang jingles for TV commercials and we both loved Madonna, which, in the Orthodox community, automatically made us freaks.
When you think about it, there's got to be a better place for Israel than the Middle East.
I don't have very fond memories of Bar Mitzvahs. When I had my ceremonial reading of the Torah (bible) in synagogue, I freaked out and completely lost my voice.
When I was 14 I went to fat camp. It was completely voluntary. The only problem was that I wanted to go to Camp Shane, a famous fat camp in the Catskills that has a great reputation.
Blood pours from my nose as I stand on a downtown Portland street corner, arguing with antiracist skinheads about grammar.