Talmudic Rabbis Debate the Practice of the Law Versus the Intention Behind It

Technical discussion about the shofar leads quickly to an examination of deep spiritual questions

News Flash: American Taxpayers Now Paying the Salaries of Palestinian Terrorists

What a unity government bringing together Hamas with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party means

‘Daf Yomi’: Talmudic Rabbinical Thought Was Part Lunatic, Part Moon Shot

Why gamblers, pigeon racers, and usurers can’t witness a Jewish new moon, and why the lunar calendar still matters

In Iran Dealings, the Fantasy of a Grand Bargain Persists—but It’s Actually Just a Bad Deal

The Obama Administration’s plans to exit the region are a gift to the regime in Tehran, nuclear deal or no

Meet the French Philosopher’s Son Manning the Intellectual Barricades in Kiev

Raphael Glucksmann should be with his family in Paris, but he’s too busy defending the nascent liberal democracy in Ukraine

Can God Be Tricked Into Forgiving Unethical Behavior?

Talmudic rabbis set out to debate the religious calendar, and wind up talking about religious sincerity

A Different Kind of Summer Vacation: Jewish Teens Take a Bus Across America

Through music, politics, and barbecue, Etgar 36 trips help high-school students develop a sense of identity as Jews and Americans

On the Impossibility of Over-Interpreting the Bible

Why Talmud study is not reading, in the usual sense of the word, but rather deciphering the true meaning of the text

The White House Says the Peace Process Is Never Over—But Neither Is the Conflict

The break in negotiations with Ramallah means Netanyahu can focus on the other permanent threat: Iran

How To Make Sacher Torte, the Legendary Dessert With a Jewish Pedigree

Video: Try this simple recipe for Vienna’s iconic chocolate treat, and make your own apricot jam to top it off

Which Is More Sacred: a Festival or Shabbat? A Mitzvah or Money?

With great metaphysical creativity, Talmudic rabbis probe the exact limits of comparison and analogy

Talmudic Rabbis, All Men, Admit They Cannot Bring Women Under Their Power

In debating the principles of intentional sin, sages find that pleading ignorance is no defense, even if not all laws can be followed

Getting Rid of National Borders in the Middle East Won’t End Sectarian Warfare

The new vogue for blaming the century-old Sykes-Picot Agreement for today’s woes ignores history, and reality

Two Excellent New Picture Books Help Kids Learn About the Holocaust

‘The Whispering Town’ and ‘Hidden’ are among the best contributions in years to Holocaust literature for young children

Why Did God Choose the Jewish People To Receive the Torah?

Talmudic rabbis debate the paradoxical belief in Jewish chosenness despite the evidence of Jewish powerlessness

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