With great metaphysical creativity, Talmudic rabbis probe the exact limits of comparison and analogy
In debating the principles of intentional sin, sages find that pleading ignorance is no defense, even if not all laws can be followed
The new vogue for blaming the century-old Sykes-Picot Agreement for today’s woes ignores history, and reality
‘The Whispering Town’ and ‘Hidden’ are among the best contributions in years to Holocaust literature for young children
Talmudic rabbis debate the paradoxical belief in Jewish chosenness despite the evidence of Jewish powerlessness
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Abbas is facing an internal challenge to his leadership, and that—not Israeli housing plans—is why he’s bailing on Kerry
The apparent abstraction of Talmudic rulings, immune to the vagaries of history, are also a key to Jewish survival
A visit to Kiev’s Jewish institutions reveals Jews there are less concerned about their neighbors at home than the bully next door
Author Alfie Kohn bucks conventional wisdom about parenting. He makes some good points, when he’s not simply being contrarian.
Three years after Mubarak’s fall, the country is toying with global irrelevance—except as a possible terror exporter
In the Talmud, nostalgic, biblical, divine explanations override accurate secular history and chronology
When oversensitivity meets entitlement, there’s a reality-show lesson about the struggles of misfits
To the Talmudic rabbis, religion was not opposed to the law but deeply connected to its study, even if dialogue wins over decree
Disengagement from a region whose power structures are predicated on American management is a recipe for disaster
For a hundred generations Jews lived in anticipation of redemption, a historical tension that continues to define Judaism
The relaunched TV series can inspire children to read more about the universe. Here are some great titles to get them started.
A modest counterproposal for the Facebook COO, who wants to ban the word ‘bossy’
Why read the Talmud as a secular Jew? In part, for its expression of an independent Jewish creativity and spirituality.
Somehow, the mangling of the Broadway actress’s name may be the best thing to happen to her underappreciated career
Video: Of course you love your grandmother’s matzo-ball soup. But try this recipe if you prefer something with a bit of a kick.
The Talmud describes rabbis who were not just judges and legal analysts, but magicians as well
How can we square conspicuous extravagance with laws of modesty? What about Jewish laws about treating animals humanely?
With Washington locked in partisan warfare, the organization has to choose between being liked or winning
In staking claims about the validity of Jewish identity, the rabbis show that the Diaspora has existed for nearly as long as Judaism
Pi, irrational numbers, and squaring the circle are all brought to bear to find justifications for tradition
The Tattler’s suggestions for a cozy date night in that doesn’t involve ‘Annie Hall’ or ‘Manhattan’
Europe’s approach to banning expression lets people feel good but does nothing to eradicate racism