The Talmud’s Absolute Value

Through reasoning, the rabbis brought all of natural creation under the rule of law

The New ‘Morethodox’ Rabbi

Asher Lopatin succeeds Avi Weiss at an influential seminary, offering a pluralistic version of Orthodoxy

Holiday Haircuts Give Hope

Haircuts are a Lag b’Omer tradition. Some have turned this Jewish custom into a way to help needy kids.

Israeli Burgers Take L.A.

Hamburger chain Burgerim opens its first American store, serving fast food with a Middle Eastern twist

My Spiritual Fitness Regimen

Instead of focusing on dieting before my daughter’s bat mitzvah, I decided to get in shape emotionally

When Messiah Is an Afterthought

The Talmud’s pragmatism and wonder meet in a technical problem about the height of a boundary line

Turning a Page for the Blind

JBI International’s Braille materials and audiobooks help blind Jews stay connected to the community

Making a Jewish Home

I’m engaged to a non-Jew. We plan to build a Jewish family, even if it won’t look exactly like the one I grew up in.

Ryan Lochte’s Talmud Lesson

The Talmud tells parents to teach our kids to swim. The Olympic champ and reality TV star makes that easier.

Ghosts of My Grandfather’s Village

The Holocaust destroyed Plock’s Jewish community. But the exodus started decades earlier, after World War I.

Crossing the Line

By avoiding authoritative rulings in favor of nuanced debate with the ideas of the past, the Oral Law refuses to simplify

The Search for an Ancient Blue

The Torah tells us to put a blue thread on our tzitzit. Why has it taken 1,300 years to figure out how?

A New York Bakery’s Israeli Roots

After a decade in Tel Aviv, European-trained baker Uri Scheft brings his Breads to Manhattan

Are Truffles Food?

As our Talmud column returns, debates over Oral Law range from the existential to the mundane

Paying Our Fair Share: Explaining Taxes to Kids

As we rush to file our taxes, parents should take a moment to teach kids about money—and Jewish ethics

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