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.
An ancient principle of Judaism, debated at length in the Oral Law, is that it is a sin to count Jews—or is it?
To the Talmudic rabbis, a miracle is more plausible than the notion that their sources were incorrect
A ‘mezuzah,’ like Judaism, is designed for life in this world, not for a messianic future, or for martyrdom
In Slavko Goldstein’s newly translated ‘1941,’ Nazi-backed fascists tear through the Balkans. Yugoslavia never recovered.
The rabbinic tradition arose from the fact that the Bible doesn’t tell us what we need to know to lead our lives
In their faith, Talmudic rabbis kept contradictory thoughts, believing in both the reality of miracles and their unreliability
In the Talmud’s descriptions of self-glorifying and self-enriching Temple priests, lessons for today’s public officials
Homosexuality, Jewishness, and Zionism, in the newly collected letters of the charismatic musician
Daf Yomi: The Talmud provides the Jewish version of well-known Christian gospel about money-changers
The Talmud is not a literary text, yet its role in maintaining the continuity of Jewish history is undeniable
The debut novel ‘The Lion Seeker’ is the kind of representative Jewish epic Herman Wouk used to write
By elevating witches and demons to the level of gods, Talmudic rabbis diminished religious thought
In the Talmud, examples of real-life rabbinic behavior and the intensely personal nature of lawmaking
The anointed king of American letters’ eccentric new book, ‘The Kraus Project,’ is also hate mail for our shallow culture
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The American-Israeli economist’s name has been floated for other gigs
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Fox’s popular otherwordly TV show borrows some familiar Judaic lore
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We’re pretty sure Jews didn’t write this one
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Plus 58 cases of measles among Hasidic Jews in 2013, and more in the news
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Recep Erdoğan is condemned for missing tribute to South African leader
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NYPD investigating assault on 22-year-old Taj Patterson as a hate crime
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NPR’s Planet Money wants to reunite Jennifer with her bat mitzvah t-shirt
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That’s at least 100 corned beef sandwiches!
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South African-born writer Benjamin Pogrund remembers an old friend
By Tova Ross — When I got married, my sheitel was a symbol of my vows and my Orthodoxy. Then it became a symbol of my discontent.By Liel Leibovitz — With raunchy Auschwitz shot, naturallyBy James McAuley — In the late 1950s, the Jewish department store mogul salvaged Chanel’s reputation—and burnished his own
The lingering effects of his massive Ponzi scheme on a century-old youth group, a Boston philanthropist, and small investors
Does sexually graphic material help Jewish continuity? ‘Unclean Lips’ argues for the unseemliness of Bruce, Roth, and their ilk.
The composer of the beloved Hanukkah song ‘Ocho Kandelikas’ shares stories and melodies from her past
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