Beth Kissileff is the editor of the anthology Reading Genesis (Continuum, 2016) and the author of the novel Questioning Return (Mandel Vilar Press, 2016). Visit her online at www.bethkissileff.com.
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Bringing ‘Daf Yomi’ to Life. And Vice Versa.

In her new memoir ‘If All the Seas Were Ink,’ Ilana Kurshan recounts her time in Israel—one page of Talmud at a time

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How to Have a Better Seder

Wine, icefrogs, early eats, and questions. Lots of questions.

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100 U.S. Religion Scholars Write Scriptural Letters to Trump’s Administration for Its First 100 Days

The faith-based response to the election features everyone from Muslims to Mormons and was the brainchild of a Reform rabbi

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What’s Not There: Soul-Searching in Israel

On a plane ride to Israel, an academic, feeling alone, enters into a conversation with a professor of Talmud who encourages her to seek answers in Jerusalem

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A Yiddish-English Dictionary for the Ages

A new dictionary co-edited by Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath was created by the might of familial love and the need to keep Yiddish up-to-date

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The Mysteries of Moses

Questions about an ancient set of scrolls—older than the Dead Sea Scrolls—led author Chanan Tigay around the world. Then the answer appeared in the library across from his office.

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The New York Jewish Film Festival Turns 25

Among the featured films is a documentary about the works of Chantal Akerman, Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, and a 20th anniversary screening of ‘Welcome to the Dollhouse’

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Colleagues Remember Israeli Writer Amir Gutfreund

Gutfreund, who died last week at the age of 52, wrote his first book, ‘Our Holocaust,’ in 2001

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A Meaningful, Family-Centric National Book Awards Show

Author Neil Shusterman, winner of the Young People’s literature award for his book ‘Challenger Deep,’ about an adolescent’s struggle with schizophrenia, stole the show

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Found in Translation: How a Writer Discovered the Bible Anew at the University of Iowa

‘The Grammar of God’ author Aviya Kushner thought she knew Hebrew scriptures well, but a course she took while pursuing an MFA changed everything

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Love and Rock ‘N’ Roll in Sderot, an Israeli City Under Near-Constant Fire

A new documentary from filmmaker Laura Bialis explores the influential music scene in a place you’d least expect

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Numbered Daze: Examining Moses’ Mindset in the Desert

In her new book ‘Bewilderments,’ Avivah Zornberg and her biblical hero explore fresh terrain

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Reuven Namdar Wins Israel’s Sapir Prize

First time the literary honor has been awarded to a non-Israel resident 

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A Visit to Jerusalem, To See the Things That Are No Longer There

Showing my teenage daughter around the city, I realized that each generation remembers—and forgets—its own Jerusalem

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Is Shimon Adaf Israel’s Next Literary Luminary?

Acclaimed alongside Stephen King and Margaret Atwood, his work comes to America

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Creating New Ways To Observe Yom HaShoah

Israelis commemorate the day of remembrance with art, music, and readings

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Fridays With Zalman: The Spiritual Wisdom of Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

The legendary rabbi talks about free love, doing LSD with Timothy Leary, and mortality in a new book, ‘The December Project’

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Two Books Explore New Perspectives on the Talmud, With a Focus on Women

Ruth Calderon reimagines ancient tales, while Tova Hartman and Charlie Buckholtz examine characters in the margins

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‘Ex-Frum’ vs. ‘Datlash:’ Two Very Different Literary Genres

How a Hebrew acronym gives formerly religious Israeli writers more freedom

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2014 Sami Rohr Prize Awarded In Jerusalem

Matti Friedman’s The Aleppo Codex won the $100,000 literary prize

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James McBride Wins National Book Award

Says his career ‘began in the homes of women in Teaneck, N.J.’

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The Man I Married

My husband isn’t the same man he used to be. But that’s OK: I’m not the same woman he married, either.

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Women Join Talmud Celebration

As the daf yomi cycle of Talmud learning concludes this week, a Jerusalem study group breaks a barrier

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