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.
Manna, and fasting, are not just miracles of sustenance and faith, but also elements of jurisprudence
Illogical Jewish laws are ‘matters that Satan challenges’: raising doubts for enemies of Judaism and skeptical Jews
Scott Stossel’s ‘My Age of Anxiety’ does for crippling fears what Andrew Solomon’s ‘The Noonday Demon’ did for depression
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
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Who needs Christian Bale as Moses when Val Kilmer did a brilliant job in the 90s?
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Baruch Lebovits, who pleaded guilty to child molestation in May, served less than three months
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Rudolf Hess’ prison food is being photographed for the first time.
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How the 1984 paranormal comedy ended up in the conservative film canon
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Jill Soloway’s latest offering is absorbing, sincere, and tender
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A case of how doing what seems wrong can also be what’s right
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Setting the record straight on the Hall of Famer’s 69th birthday
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Talmudic scholars have never agreed on the pre-Yom Kippur chicken sacrifice
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Rivlin joins 11-year-old George Amira, whose anti-bullying video went viral
By Elana Sztokman — Elana Sztokman flies the not-so friendly skies home to IsraelBy Etgar Keret — Even if the person you wronged doesn’t remember what you did, it can still make a difference to ask for forgiveness. Maybe.By Marjorie Ingall — As Yom Kippur approaches, I’ll share what I’ve learned about how to apologize—and how not to
On a new album, the captivating leader of the band Pharaoh’s Daughter reclaims the music that dominated her religious childhood
Chaya Ben Baruch’s sixth child was born with Down syndrome. Then she did what every good mother does—set out to find him a mate.
The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.
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