Menachem Wecker

Menachem Wecker is a freelance reporter based in Chicago and the former education reporter at U.S. News & World Report.

Stories by Menachem Wecker

Is the Hebrew Bible Single-Minded on Singlehood?

The pressure observant young Jews feel to marry comes straight from the Bible. But is there biblical wiggle room?

What Do We Owe Native Americans?

Many Americans might not be thinking beyond a peripheral way about the legacy of some of the most important participants in the Thanksgiving narrative.

India’s Hindu, Muslim clashes explored in traveling U.S. exhibit

Zarina. Dividing Line, 2001. UCLA Hammer Museum. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy: Art Institute of Chicago. Political parties in India are … Continued

India’s Hindu, Muslim clashes explored in traveling U.S. exhibits

Two major traveling exhibits are offering sobering reflections on religious violence in India.

Religious items very popular in pawn business, says Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison

Image: Menachem Wecker If television adds 10 pounds to some unlucky actors, it evidently does the same for pawn shops. … Continued

PBS documentary examines Holocaust survivor’s religion of persistence

Marian Marzynski. Credit: Jason Longo. Sometimes mundane, seemingly innocuous details can best impress the enormity of a tragedy on those … Continued

In the Passover haggadah, enigmatic bunnies multiplied like rabbits

Among other things, the Exodus story is a biblical menagerie. Joseph interprets a bovine dream; Moses’ and Aaron’s staffs become … Continued

Beneath commercialized Valentine’s Day, elusive saint emerges in art history

Cameron Spencer GETTY IMAGES Roses are displayed during Valentines Day at Sydney Flower Market on February 14, 2013 in Sydney, … Continued