Columnists

Literature — Adam Kirsch

Is the Book of Esther—a Story Told in Human Terms, Not Miracles—a Holy Book?

Talmudic rabbis, like us, can only study the course of history for the elusive signs of God’s intentions

Agents of Influence — Lee Smith

What’s Wrong With Being Reasonable About the Middle East?

Nicholas Kristof’s totally reasonable, utterly delusional recipe for peace

Agents of Influence — Lee Smith

Dawn of the Planet of Qasem Suleimani

In Hollywood’s twisted view of hardliners, lessons for our generals, diplomats, and politicians

Literature — Adam Kirsch

Why Early Jews Didn’t Care at All About Christians

In a struggle against the idea of history, Jewish life strives to change as little as possible, even when new religions take over

Marjorie Ingall

To Cut or Not To Cut: Finding Alternatives to Circumcision

New rituals create ways to symbolically acknowledge Jews’ covenant with God without actually circumcising infants

Agents of Influence — Lee Smith

America Is the Arsonist of the Middle East

John Kerry’s failed peace negotiations set off the spiral of violence between Israel and the Palestinians

Literature — Adam Kirsch

Why Even the Greatest Rabbis Can’t Be Trusted

Talmudic thinkers debate the ethics of winning God’s favor, and when a holy person can be too righteous

Literature — Adam Kirsch

Better To Suffer or Better To Live? Eating—and Not Eating—as a Meritorious Jewish Act

Talmudic rabbis debate Jewish solidarity in the face of misfortune, a communal imperative that still holds today

Agents of Influence — Lee Smith

In the Middle East, Modernity Comes From the Barrel of a Gun. Or a Laptop.

A Unit 8200 networking event in Tel Aviv shows why Israel has won and the Arabs have lost

Food — Joan Nathan

How To Make a Salad That Captures the Smoky Flavors of the Mediterranean

Video: It starts with a simple grilled eggplant, but the toppings—pomegranate seeds, feta, and tahini—make it a sophisticated dish

I Grew Up in Toronto, but You Can’t Tell From My Accent

I don’t talk like my fellow Torontonians because I was raised inside the ‘Bathurst Bubble,’ the city’s Jewish community

Weird Al: America’s Greatest Living Artist

With the No. 1 album in America, the parodist proves yet again the full depth of his genius

Celebrity Rabbi, Heal Thyself

Shmuley Boteach—rabbi, sexpert, Michael Jackson pal—has led many lives. But none of them can obliterate his past.

Seattle’s Sephardi Jews Brought Us Starbucks: Now They’re Trying To Bring Back Ladino

Seven decades ago, the Jews of Rhodes were sent to Auschwitz. Now some descendants are preserving a culture nearly lost.

Some Concrete Facts About Hamas

Guess how many skyscrapers the terror organization could’ve built instead of tunnels

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