The Jewish philosopher ‘looked at the world with irony but without a trace of rancor’
Without a sense of exceptionalism, a country of chosen people cannot prosper
For centuries, Western classical music propelled listeners toward Christian salvation. Then Jewish music changed everything.
Why Israel will soon be the only state able to govern Judea and Samaria, and the only military force capable of securing its borders
Man’s search for God and God’s search for man
How neocons and Obama liberals have created catastrophe by consensus in the Middle East
Inheriting Abraham, by Jon Levenson, expertly dismantles the idea of the patriarch as the father of three religions
Yoram Hazony’s new book bases Judaism on a naturalistic reading of the Bible, but it’s a stretch
Germany’s challenge to Jewish tradition focuses on individual rights, but what about our bodies’ sanctity?
Michael Willens, the grandson of Yiddish theater greats, conducts the Kölner Akademie in piano concertos
In Notes on a Century, the historian is still optimistic about a ‘great civilization’ in the Muslim world
Middle East expert Robert Kagan argues in a new book that American foreign policy has spawned a golden age of liberal democracy. He’s wrong.
Judaism rejects the notions of beauty that underscore Christian classical music, from Bach to Mozart—but the music still speaks to us
Vladimir Jurowski, directing the London Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall this week, was loose with Brahms but well-suited to Mozart’s “Turkish” concerto
In a recent performance of Schubert’s and Schumann’s settings of Heinrich Heine’s poetry, tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Thomas Adès excelled
The Metropolitan Opera’s new Siegfried, part of its ambitious Ring cycle, exposes the greatness—and the limitations—of Wagner and his admirers
The new production of Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera is well cast but marred by poor conducting
The hidden story of Don Giovanni, Mozart’s Jewish opera
The New York Philharmonic Opening Night Gala
Performances of Wagner’s music are effectively banned in Israel. Should they be?
Conventional wisdom says Israel must reach a peace deal quickly, before population trends and diplomatic isolation overtake the Jewish state. Demographics and geopolitics tell a different story.
As the oil-poor Arab states of Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, and Yemen face food and fuel shortages in the aftermath of upheaval there, Israel stands to emerge with an even stronger position in the region
There are two stories of Germany and Jews: the culture of assimilated German Jews and the meeting of German culture with Jewish religion
Obama’s embrace of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan threatens both Israel and the Palestinian Authority
George Friedman built a private, subscription-based CIA. But is his intel any good?