Adam Kirsch is a contributing editor for Tablet Magazine and the author of Benjamin Disraeli, a biography in the Nextbook Press Jewish Encounters book series.
Talmudic rabbis debate professional eulogizers, trying to strike a balance between the holy and the mundane
Is Jewish rebellion really a form of submission? Two new novels and one political critic examine apostasy.
So much of the Talmud is about working the land, and the rules that govern labor, profit, and loss
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis debate the value of recycling, upselling, renovation, and sacred trash
What happens when the most authoritative guardians of the tradition are sometimes baffled by the tradition themselves?
Antic embellishments, like Esther being good in bed, help Talmudic rabbis to more fully explicate the text’s divine meaning
Talmudic rabbis, like us, can only study the course of history for the elusive signs of God’s intentions
In a struggle against the idea of history, Jewish life strives to change as little as possible, even when new religions take over
What Adam Bellow and other conservatives get wrong about the political leanings of creators of imaginative fiction
Talmudic rabbis debate Jewish solidarity in the face of misfortune, a communal imperative that still holds today
The Torah sages study and respond to natural phenomena in an effort to understand our place on Earth
Judaism became a religion of laws, haunted and bound by the absence of a home for Jewish sovereignty
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There were more than 40 events this year celebrating Jewish culture
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Hillel the Elder’s 2,000-year-old rabbinic quote is basically the new YOLO
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How Maimonides explains the Hello Kitty controversy
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Israeli police rule out criminality in death of 23-year-old last seen hiking
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San Diego Chargers commentator will sit next game out after ‘cheap’ joke
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Leading Reform rabbi cites newspaper’s one-sided coverage of Gaza war
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If Jews make Israeli policy, do Wasps run England?
By Matti Friedman — A former AP correspondent explains how and why reporters get Israel so wrong, and why it mattersBy Richard A. Block — Leading Reform rabbi cites newspaper's one-sided coverage of Gaza warBy Liel Leibovitz — Steven Salaita’s case isn’t about free speech. It’s about common sense, and the rightful consequences of bigotry and violence.
Some people lean on neighbors for a cup of sugar. The Fruchters, of Memphis, Tennessee, needed theirs to help them keep the Sabbath.
Forging ancient artifacts, procuring army sick passes, and pretending to be normal after a traumatic brain injury
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