The writer’s new collection of personal essays and newspaper columns will make you laugh until you cry
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, Jews may not realize the origins of a central idea of modern social justice
Jewish theology and Dante’s poetry, past lives and imagined ones, collide in a the new comic novel ‘Good on Paper’
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ study, a premodern post-modern analysis of what exactly constitutes writing, in the physical act of making indelible marks on surfaces. Plus: Need to deliver a ‘get’ to your wife but out of paper? Talmud says: Write it on a slave!
The 100-year-old titan of American letters recalls his very happy publishing career, in the new ‘Sailor and Fiddler’
A ‘wonderful’ new collection of Yehuda Amichai’s verse shows the poet’s profound resilience—and the weight of his ghosts
There’s no way to sugarcoat it: Talmudic rabbis think women are dangerous sex fiends who should avoid Torah study—and as a consequence prescribe humiliating guilty-until-proven-innocent public shaming ceremonies
The master of the deadpan is on top of his game at 85 with a wise, funny new collection, ‘The Peace Process’
A Magical Potion Reveals and Humiliates Sexually Unfaithful Women—and Shows Talmudic Rabbis Declaring One of Their Own Rituals Obsolete
Also in discussion during this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’: How long does the sex act take? As long as it takes to eat an egg, or to reach for a loaf of bread?
Decomposing Bodies, Congealing Carcasses, Handfuls of Corpse Dust, and Other Interests of the Rabbis
The Talmud’s obsessions are not necessarily our own, and in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ the ancient wise men engage in theoretical debate over ritual impurity
A monumental new edition of the Auschwitz survivor’s complete writings shows a humanist laboring in the dark
In this week’s Talmud study, debates over swearing out of pique or spite—that is, in the wrong frame of mind
Bridging the abstract simplicity of divine pronouncements to the practical mess of everyday life
In rabbinic Judaism, learning replaces noble birth as a source of power and status—including the power to avoid state responsibility