Talmudic Rabbis regulated not just actions but reputations, and left a legacy we debate and refute to this day
At what point does a disagreement between groups of Jews become a point of religious principle, which cannot be compromised?
Because they want the same things that teenage boys want: a strong sense of meaning and purpose
Daf Yomi: In rabbinic Judaism, study is not merely a pragmatic enterprise, but a religious act in itself
When two mitzvot conflict, the Talmud asks, how do we decide which takes precedence?
Two years and 100 columns in to the Daf Yomi cycle, our critic pauses to reflect on its intellectual challenges and delights
As Yom Kippur approaches, I’ll share what I’ve learned about how to apologize—and how not to
Everything you need to know about world turmoil today—from Obama to Assad to ISIS—is in the ethos of the Corleone family
Tread carefully, the rabbis warn, when seeking to understand creation or envision God
Video: Throw away your jars of gray fish patties. This Rosh Hashanah, make a terrine that’ll have doubters asking for seconds.
One Middle Eastern nation does indeed pay to influence U.S. foreign policy. Hint: It’s not Israel.
The Talmud imagines the world as organized for the benefit of Torah sages, even in matters of sex and death
For the first time, I’m concerned about my kids’ Jewishness as I send them off in the morning
Daf Yomi: The Talmud’s ruling principle is that there is always a correct course of action, since God is watching
Today’s young-adult literature is full of teenagers for whom being Jewish isn’t a Very Important Issue
Talmudic rabbis debate professional eulogizers, trying to strike a balance between the holy and the mundane
So much of the Talmud is about working the land, and the rules that govern labor, profit, and loss
How the international human rights lawyer could help save Gaza and Lebanon
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis debate the value of recycling, upselling, renovation, and sacred trash
What happens when the most authoritative guardians of the tradition are sometimes baffled by the tradition themselves?
Roman Jews have had a long love affair with tomatoes. This recipe for oven-browned ‘pomodori a mezzo’ will show you why.
AIPAC, the so-called Jewish Lobby, has no influence in the White House and is scared to speak out
Antic embellishments, like Esther being good in bed, help Talmudic rabbis to more fully explicate the text’s divine meaning
It wasn’t as big as Batman, but ‘Mendy and the Golem’ gave Jewish kids a taste of pop culture—with a rabbinical seal of approval
Talmudic rabbis, like us, can only study the course of history for the elusive signs of God’s intentions
Nicholas Kristof’s totally reasonable, utterly delusional recipe for peace
In Hollywood’s twisted view of hardliners, lessons for our generals, diplomats, and politicians
In a struggle against the idea of history, Jewish life strives to change as little as possible, even when new religions take over
New rituals create ways to symbolically acknowledge Jews’ covenant with God without actually circumcising infants
John Kerry’s failed peace negotiations set off the spiral of violence between Israel and the Palestinians