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
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