Man Bites Dog

This week’s parasha—a careful account of the ritualistic sacrifice of animals—has much to teach us about animals, compassion, forgiveness, and Michael Vick

Against Accountability

In this week’s parasha, Moses stands out as the epitome of accountability. But as teachers all over the country can attest, sometimes what we need is exactly the opposite.

The Fires Next Time

As Egyptians rejoice in toppling the Mubarak regime and rebel forces in Libya threaten Qaddafi’s hold on power, a writer wonders: What will the next revolutions be?

‘Proud to Be Jewish’

Natalie Portman, Oscar winner and face of Dior Cherie perfume, condemned Dior designer John Galliano’s anti-Semitic outburst. In 2005, she spoke about her deep Jewishness for the book Stars of David.

Intertwined

Boy met girl. Boy married girl. But girl is Jewish, and boy is not. Now I’m a goy, part of a growing community of non-Jews with Jewish spouses, Jewish children, and a special connection to Judaism

On the Mountain

Gutzon Borglum, the monomaniacal sculptor of Mount Rushmore, was an anti-Semite, but also the kind of wise-hearted artist praised in this week’s parasha

In Defense of Bernie

Like Moses, who staked his place in history to defend his people after the Golden Calf debacle, Madoff, too, realized that the true value of money isn’t always what it seems

Radio Daze

This week’s parasha introduces a medium for distinguishing truth from falsehood. On the radio, where actors are hired to read scripts and pretend to be real people, things aren’t so simple.

Built to Last

God wants his people to build opulently, as he instructs Moses in this week’s parasha. While today they mostly don’t, there’s always Ralph Lauren, who built a new Beaux Arts mansion in New York.

High Anxiety

Faced with a story I wanted to start but felt certain I couldn’t, I turned to the literary gods. Now Harold Bloom owes me $213.27.

High Noon

If Jews want to influence the public conversation, they must heed the lesson of this week’s parasha—the one about an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

No More Fear

After World War II, many Polish Jews abandoned their faith. Now their children are rediscovering the religion and culture that was hidden from them.

Wake Up!

In the third installment of “Tell Mitzi,” Tablet Magazine’s illustrated question-and-answer column, Mitzi learns about a funny nightmare—and engages in a metaphysical digression

Ehud Agonistes

Ehud Barak should forsake his arrogance, take a page from Moses, the hero of this week’s parasha, and recognize that leading can require giving up power

Immersion

A newfound fascination with exploring her religion brought a somewhat reluctant joiner to Limmud NY, a frenzied three-day festival of Jewish thought. Here’s her diary.

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