Don’t break the rules just to help your kids get ahead. Teach them to be mensches by setting an example with your own behavior.
By elevating witches and demons to the level of gods, Talmudic rabbis diminished religious thought
Do the Woody Allen-family paternity revelations signal the end of the nebbishy übermensch?
Despite talk of a diplomatic thaw between Washington and Tehran, the U.S. is already locked in battle
In the Talmud, examples of real-life rabbinic behavior and the intensely personal nature of lawmaking
As her classic children’s book marks its 25th anniversary, the author tells more immigrant tales in a new prequel, ‘The Blessing Cup’
In the Bible, the rabbis had the most accurate possible description of the world—a flawed and limited cosmology
As Washington looks for a diplomatic solution with Iran, Israel’s American-born interlocutor translates for Jerusalem
Daf Yomi: The one protection God granted the Jews was to scatter them, so that no single enemy could destroy them all at once
Obama says his Syria move sent Tehran a message on nukes, but the mullahs have Washington cornered
In this week’s Daf Yomi, deference, privilege, and the appearance of impropriety from the rabbis of ancient Jewish society
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We gave the world Anthony Weiner and Michael Bloomberg, and even our holidays screwed up everyone’s summer
Instead of asking us to passively agree with the rabbis, oral law engages the intellect in concrete problems of logic and interpretation
Women are entitled to a wide range of emotions about their bodies and fertility. But under Jewish law, the rules are clear.
In the wake of the military takeover, realists and neocons revisit the legacy of George W. Bush’s Freedom Agenda
Video: A round loaf of bread is a traditional part of a menu for the Jewish New Year, but you should still braid the dough
Daf Yomi: Could Judaism ever go back to now-alien-seeming rituals from before the destruction of the Temple?
My brother was the first to read one of my stories. His unexpected reaction helped me understand the magic of writing.
Jews, too, have a stake in the Olympic committee’s cowardly attempt to stifle gay rights protests at Sochi this winter
New books about Albert Einstein, labor organizer Clara Lemlich, and mathematician Paul Erdős will inspire readers of all ages
One of many ancient local customs analyzed in this week’s Talmud study is the habit of separating Jews from gentiles
With Egypt’s army clearing protesters by force, scholar Samuel Tadros explains why his country’s modernizers support military rule
Most American Jews have effectively cast off rabbinic guidance. Would the Talmud’s rabbis have respected us for it, or disdained us?
Simon Cowell’s baby-mama drama is sex-scandal heaven. So, why can’t a Jewish girl get taken seriously as a femme fatale?
By imbuing even the most mundane things—like vinegar—with importance, the rabbis find proof of sacred history
Bird-brained conspiracy theories keep a tenacious foothold in the Arab Middle East, where science lags behind the West
What adults whose kids have purported psychic powers, from soulful Crystal Children to fiery Indigo Children, might say
Daf Yomi: Much of the rabbinical ingenuity is devoted to figuring out how to draw clear lines in murky situations