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
Josie made her own choices about how to express her Jewishness, on a day that marked a transition for the whole family
The fashion designer’s name-dropping autobiography ‘The Woman I Wanted to Be’ is fascinating, inspiring, and troubling
By boasting of enabling Iran’s bloody nuclear hopes, the Obama administration ushers in the age of Renfield and Dracula
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