The Talmudic rabbis saw the world as a wedding—a place of charity and pleasures to be enjoyed while it lasts
Beatrix abdicated so she could usher in a new era—of heads of state who have never experienced war
Who inspired the alleged Boston marathon bombers to find meaning in the most violent forms of madness?
Through reasoning, the rabbis brought all of natural creation under the rule of law
You may think you know where this column is going. You’d be wrong.
Putting ourselves in political, moral, and now actual lockdown is more threatening than Islamic terrorism
The Talmud’s pragmatism and wonder meet in a technical problem about the height of a boundary line
JBI International’s Braille materials and audiobooks help blind Jews stay connected to the community
By avoiding authoritative rulings in favor of nuanced debate with the ideas of the past, the Oral Law refuses to simplify
Another Tattler prediction come true: AMC’s 1960s New York drama series returns—full of ascendant Jews
The State Department cables show that the Palestinian leader was a key asset to the U.S. during the Kissinger years
As our Talmud column returns, debates over Oral Law range from the existential to the mundane
As we rush to file our taxes, parents should take a moment to teach kids about money—and Jewish ethics
A scary incident in Austria shows that in the standoff against Iran, Europe is not standing up to the mullahs
As HBO’s medieval fantasy Game of Thrones returns, imagining a Jewish version of the Seven Kingdoms
To have conversations with Germans about Jews, I had to become an exhibition at Berlin’s Jewish Museum
Beards are having their pop cultural moment, but Jews have always known the value of a furry face
Al Pacino channels a Shakespearean tragic hero in David Mamet’s new HBO film
Video: Make perfect chicken soup and matzo balls from scratch—just in time for Passover
Three subjects—Iran, the Palestinians, and Syria—will surely be the subject of tonight’s dinner in Jerusalem
The range of problems and the variety of answers in the study of Oral Law lead to new pathways of reasoning
The new Disney Oz flick stars Jewish actors. Somewhere, over the rainbow, that will no longer matter.
Don’t just ask for donations at your bar or bat mitzvah. Do some homework and find a cause with meaning.
To overcome fated lives, the Talmud’s rabbis argued, perform virtuous acts according to Torah
On his first trip abroad, the new secretary of state criticized Erdogan’s comments about Israel. It’s about time.
Rabbis left enforcement of their Talmudic decrees to communal standards and voluntary commitment
One of the outrages of a Brooklyn assemblyman’s notorious choice of Purim costumes is its effect on anti-Semitism
Chuck Hagel will be secretary of Defense, and Iran will go nuclear. So much for an all-powerful Israel Lobby.
When is a tent just a tent and not like a bed or a hat? To update Jewish laws, the rabbis reasoned by analogy.
Billy Crystal is long gone, but the Academy Awards medley need not be! The Tattler sings of 2012’s best films.