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.
Judaism’s manual of sacred technology prizes holiness over beauty, action over thought, and ritual over belief
In Zeruya Shalev’s fearless new ‘The Remains of Love,’ lives on a kibbutz stand as a parable of Israel
Biblical examples of righteousness and wickedness show that in Judaism, goodness remains possible and divine
A Talmudic problem: Abraham lived before the law was given, so how can his actions be used to interpret the law?
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
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There were more than 40 events this year celebrating Jewish culture
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Two-night television series premieres Labor Day on the History channel
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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?
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Update: 81-year-old comedian in medically-induced coma, ‘resting comfortably’
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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