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Does the Bible Predict a Victory for the Cleveland Cavaliers?

The Good Book praises Blatt, LeBron

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Heroics Aside, the Story of Purim Is the Bible’s Greatest Farce

The Book of Esther doesn’t mention God. Robert Alter’s new translation shows that’s just one way the biblical text is unique.

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How Did Simchat Torah Get So Popular?

The festive holiday now overshadows Shemini Atzeret, which has biblical roots

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‘Noah’ The Most Popular Name For Baby Boys

Edged out biblical mainstay ‘Jacob’ after 14 years

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Jews Named Yair Aren’t Named After a Terrorist

The Economist makes a bizarre claim about a biblical name

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Was Noah a Vegetarian?

Darren Aronofsky didn’t make his protagonist a vegetarian—the Bible did

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Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ Is a Hot, Wet, Cinematic Mess

It rains and rains in the most eccentric Old Testament adaptation, and most Jewish biblical blockbuster, ever made

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‘Son of God’ Continues the Biblical Movie Trend

New Bible-based storyline bound for the big screen

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For Some Believers Trying To Connect With Jesus, the Answer Is To Live Like a Jew

The Torah-observant gentiles of the Hebrew Roots movement get circumcised, lay tefillin, and grow peyos

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A Conversation With Bill Clinton’s Rabbi

Meet Menachem Genack, Orthodox Union CEO and Clinton confidant

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Daybreak: Filner Charged; French Bible Edited

Plus Natalie Portman beats ScarJo for Jewish roles, and more in the news

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Robert Alter Wants Us To Think More Seriously About the Bible as Literature

The scholar, critic, and masterful translator remains dedicated to uncovering the full subtlety and intelligence of the stories in sacred texts

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Why First Responders Are Jewish Heroes

Those who ran to help in Boston embody the ideal of ‘walking in God’s ways’

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The Jewish View on Weapons

As we debate gun policy in the wake of Newtown, we should heed the wisdom of the Jewish sages

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Judaism’s Central Sacrifice

Yoram Hazony’s new book bases Judaism on a naturalistic reading of the Bible, but it’s a stretch

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No Jewish People Without Israel

Why the future of American Judaism as we know it depends on the survival of the Jewish state

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How to Handle Unsolicited Mail

Porn and bibles: A lesson for MK Michael Ben Ari

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The Last Critic

The great M.H. Abrams, peer of Trilling, teacher of Bloom, and editor of the Norton Anthology, dead at 102

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The End of the Jewish Left

Political theorist Michael Walzer and others argue about the death of the century-long Jewish-Leftist alliance

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The Most Perfect Hebrew Bible

The medieval Aleppo Codex was safeguarded for centuries in Syria. The problems started when it arrived in Israel.

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Everything Is Illuminated

Three rare medieval Hebrew Bibles on display at the Metropolitan Museum in New York reveal the affinity between Sephardic and Islamic texts

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Gwyneth’s Gods

She really does have it all

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Found in Translation

Scholar Adin Steinsaltz discusses his recently completed edition of the Talmud, why the Internet is better than TV, and the prospect of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Elvis playing cards together

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Known and Unknown

Americans say that the Bible is central to them—a divine instruction manual for life on earth. How is it, then, a new book asks, that they know so little of it?

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Men of Mystery

A haftorah of reasoning and redemption

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By the Book

Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Torah

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Political Legacy

A new book examines the debt 17th-century republicanism owed to Jewish sources

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Did Bibi’s Son Inspire Bizarre Speech?

Avner, 15, won Jerusalem Bible Quiz

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Who Built The Pyramids? Not the Jews

Newly discovered tombs indicate laborers were paid

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Sundown: In Lieu of Flowers

A confusing request, faint praise, and a comic memoir

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