The rabbinic tradition arose from the fact that the Bible doesn’t tell us what we need to know to lead our lives
By Adam Kirsch · November 19, 2013
In their faith, Talmudic rabbis kept contradictory thoughts, believing in both the reality of miracles and their unreliability
By Adam Kirsch · November 12, 2013
With radical views on gays, abortion, and Jews, Francis is modernizing the church. Can we convince our relatives to believe it?
By Rachel Shukert · November 8, 2013
Supporting Israel requires American evangelical Christians to square their theological beliefs with the modern Jewish state. Can they?
By Lee Smith · November 6, 2013
From ‘The Rooster Prince of Breslov’ to ‘Beautiful Yetta, the Yiddish Chicken,’ why are so many kids’ books about chickens?
By Marjorie Ingall · November 5, 2013
In the Talmud’s descriptions of self-glorifying and self-enriching Temple priests, lessons for today’s public officials
By Adam Kirsch · November 5, 2013
From her new perch in Los Angeles, the Tattler realizes—and mourns—what she lost when she left Lou Reed’s New York
By Rachel Shukert · November 1, 2013
The theater of the peace process was key to U.S. hegemony in the Middle East—and without the process, there will be no peace
By Lee Smith · October 30, 2013
Daf Yomi: The Talmud provides the Jewish version of well-known Christian gospel about money-changers
By Adam Kirsch · October 29, 2013
Old, familiar attitudes are rekindled in the wake of the cases of ‘Maria’ in Greece and a Roma girl in Dublin
By Rachel Shukert · October 25, 2013
The Talmud is not a literary text, yet its role in maintaining the continuity of Jewish history is undeniable
By Adam Kirsch · October 22, 2013
Mike Myers’ classic characters—plus Madonna and Babs—together in a buddy flick about anti-Semitism. What could go wrong?
By Rachel Shukert · October 18, 2013
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 Marjorie Ingall · October 17, 2013
By elevating witches and demons to the level of gods, Talmudic rabbis diminished religious thought
By Adam Kirsch · October 15, 2013
Do the Woody Allen-family paternity revelations signal the end of the nebbishy übermensch?
By Rachel Shukert · October 11, 2013
Despite talk of a diplomatic thaw between Washington and Tehran, the U.S. is already locked in battle
By Lee Smith · October 9, 2013
In the Talmud, examples of real-life rabbinic behavior and the intensely personal nature of lawmaking
By Adam Kirsch · October 8, 2013
As her classic children’s book marks its 25th anniversary, the author tells more immigrant tales in a new prequel, ‘The Blessing Cup’
By Marjorie Ingall · October 3, 2013
In the Bible, the rabbis had the most accurate possible description of the world—a flawed and limited cosmology
By Adam Kirsch · October 1, 2013
As Washington looks for a diplomatic solution with Iran, Israel’s American-born interlocutor translates for Jerusalem
By Lee Smith · September 25, 2013
Daf Yomi: The one protection God granted the Jews was to scatter them, so that no single enemy could destroy them all at once
By Adam Kirsch · September 24, 2013
Obama says his Syria move sent Tehran a message on nukes, but the mullahs have Washington cornered
By Lee Smith · September 18, 2013
In this week’s Daf Yomi, deference, privilege, and the appearance of impropriety from the rabbis of ancient Jewish society
By Adam Kirsch · September 17, 2013
Video: This American twist on a traditional Jewish recipe will help get your new year off to a sweet-and-sour start
By Joan Nathan · September 17, 2013
We gave the world Anthony Weiner and Michael Bloomberg, and even our holidays screwed up everyone’s summer
By Rachel Shukert · September 12, 2013
Instead of asking us to passively agree with the rabbis, oral law engages the intellect in concrete problems of logic and interpretation
By Adam Kirsch · September 10, 2013
Women are entitled to a wide range of emotions about their bodies and fertility. But under Jewish law, the rules are clear.
By Marjorie Ingall · September 10, 2013
In the wake of the military takeover, realists and neocons revisit the legacy of George W. Bush’s Freedom Agenda
By Lee Smith · August 28, 2013