Illustration by Andrea Turvey for TED.

Food feeds the soul. To the extent that we all eat food, and we all have souls, food is the single great unifier across cultures. But what feeds your soul?

Why we need a secular sabbath by Pico Iyer. Photo: Eydis Einarsdottir

As technology accelerates our lives, many of us feel an urgent need to slow down. One seductive solution: A secular sabbath. Pico Iyer makes the case, in this meditative excerpt from his new TED Book, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere

Illustration by Hannah K. Lee

Dying and death confront every new doctor and nurse. Are they trained to cope with mortality? A surgeon weighs in

Neymar on the field in 2014

Germany’s 7-1 victory over host country Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals this week followed the injury of Brazilian soccer star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, whose collision with Colombian player Juan Camilo Zúñiga during the quarter-final game last Friday led to a hail of racist epithets aimed at Zúñiga. Ready to go beyond the headlines? 5 primary sources worth reading next.

iO Tillett Wright is currently 5,519 portraits into a mission to point out that we’re all, at heart, the same. Her goal: to photograph 10,000 people around the United States who identify as being something other than 100% heterosexual. Here’s just a small sample of her powerful photographs.

The language we speak shapes our identity and our society. So let’s celebrate the diversity of English dialects.

As an occasionally practicing, atheistic Jew, David Webber tries to get to grips with what being a “good” Jew might actually mean. And yes, what his mother thinks matters.