Biblical examples of righteousness and wickedness show that in Judaism, goodness remains possible and divine
By Adam Kirsch · December 24, 2013
If all the joy and happiness in the air are making you miserable, try one of these six strategies for how to ruin Dec. 25
By Rachel Shukert · December 20, 2013
The young sleuth’s early mysteries were racist and anti-Semitic. Can problematic vintage texts still be valuable for kids?
By Marjorie Ingall · December 18, 2013
A Talmudic problem: Abraham lived before the law was given, so how can his actions be used to interpret the law?
By Adam Kirsch · December 17, 2013
A match a century in the making brings two tough, funny, liberated stars into glorious alignment
By Rachel Shukert · December 13, 2013
Last week’s assassination of Hezbollah commander Hassan Laqqis in Beirut was a taste of what may come
By Lee Smith · December 11, 2013
An ancient principle of Judaism, debated at length in the Oral Law, is that it is a sin to count Jews—or is it?
By Adam Kirsch · December 10, 2013
The Tattler: So what if Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer revive the Von Trapps? Is that so wrong?
By Rachel Shukert · December 6, 2013
Even though it’s just a few blocks from our home, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum gave my girls a chance to time-travel
By Marjorie Ingall · December 5, 2013
To the Talmudic rabbis, a miracle is more plausible than the notion that their sources were incorrect
By Adam Kirsch · December 3, 2013
A ‘mezuzah,’ like Judaism, is designed for life in this world, not for a messianic future, or for martyrdom
By Adam Kirsch · November 26, 2013
Video: Make your own miracle of oil by frying up a batch of sugar-coated treats stuffed with apricot jam
By Joan Nathan · November 25, 2013
The Tattler: Out of the thousands of perfectly nice Adam Levines out there, they had to pick that one
By Rachel Shukert · November 22, 2013
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