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
Along with other questions of mind and body, this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ is also a field guide to Talmudic-era cuisine
Harper Lee’s ‘Watchman’ Undoes the Hypocritical Fantasies of Benevolent White Power in ‘Mockingbird’
‘Over here we don’t believe in persecuting anybody. Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced.’
This week’s Talmudic debate is centered on the perceived and real benefits of study, teaching, and sacrifice
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ study, why vows are hardly sacred, and why circumcision is the most glorious of rituals
Bridging the gap between biblical terseness and the needs of a functioning Jewish legal system
Why Talmudic law is precise, and how practical matters can test the moral foundations of the system
Inequality under the wedding canopy, in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study. Plus: a story about cheating the Angel of Death.
If the point of marriage is not happiness but religion, what constitutes grounds for divorce? Plus: tips for grooming pubic hair.