Whether in the mess hall or on a battleship, Jewish soldiers stationed all over the world still sang the Four Questions and ate matzo
We, too, stoned our women for infidelity. Patriarchal injustice persists in Orthodoxy. What’s a modern Talmud reader to do?
Reading the oral law today forces Jews to reconcile repellent, outdated legal views with modern morals
The stereotype of the Jewish mother depicts a hovering, overprotective maniac. The truth is very different.
Talmudic rabbis believe ‘the hand of Heaven’ makes sure that the punishment fits the crime
The difference between Big America and Small America, and between Obama and Netanyahu
Rightly or wrongly, Talmudic thinkers presumed that gentiles would persecute the Jews in their midst
The sages debate the demerits of little white lies, and consider the subtleties of legal claims made by spouses and other property owners
Video: The Old World meets the New World in one delicious cookie
The X-Men have a Seder. Hogwarts gets a kosher kitchen. And everyone from Ivanhoe to Big Bird to Captain Kirk gets a rewrite.
Talmudic rabbis are less interested in mystical speculation than in concrete questions, like the state of women’s hymens
The ‘Daf Yomi’ cycle heads into thorny gender issues around marriage, gynecology, and Sabbath sex
What the burning of a Jordanian pilot reveals about Obama’s flawed Middle East game
Ron Lieber’s new book ‘The Opposite of Spoiled’ offers help for parents trying to raise kids who know the true value of a dollar
Who else can step up and rescue the faith from the fanatics who’ve hijacked it?
Talmudic rabbis ask what agency young women have in determining their fate in sex, marriage, and divorce
This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ probes the connection between the magical thinking of the Bible and the rational concerns of the Talmud
‘The Big Bang Theory’ marks the end of an era. But Asian-American mothers may pick up where Jewish mothers left off.
Talmudic rabbis, gladiators of the mind, sought glory and eternal fame—but also pondered the mundane side of being human
The largest protest in French history conspicuously lacked one person
Talmudic sages say that sinful acts—especially those committed by women—are not the rabbis’ fault
Jewish law loves to separate people into airtight categories. Real-life sex and gender are more complicated. What then?
And other problems of divorce, infertility, and urination, in this week’s Talmud study
In the patriarchal society of the Talmud, a woman’s body is always under the supervision and scrutiny of men
President Erdogan builds an opulent palace for himself, part of a 20-year mess that is American Middle East policy
This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study is NSFW
Plus legitimate and bastard offspring, slaves, and distinctions between Jews, non-Jews, and half-Jews
Israel may face a wrenching choice between its democracy and Jewishness. And that’s normal.
Video: Make a traditional American holiday feast, with a recipe for stuffing that brings Jewish flavors to the table
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ questions of obligation in matters of levirate marriage, and how values change with time