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
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
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.
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 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
Talmudic rabbis debate Jewish solidarity in the face of misfortune, a communal imperative that still holds today
A Unit 8200 networking event in Tel Aviv shows why Israel has won and the Arabs have lost