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
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
By Joan Nathan · August 28, 2013
Daf Yomi: Could Judaism ever go back to now-alien-seeming rituals from before the destruction of the Temple?
By Adam Kirsch · August 27, 2013
My brother was the first to read one of my stories. His unexpected reaction helped me understand the magic of writing.
By Etgar Keret · August 26, 2013
Jews, too, have a stake in the Olympic committee’s cowardly attempt to stifle gay rights protests at Sochi this winter
By Rachel Shukert · August 22, 2013
New books about Albert Einstein, labor organizer Clara Lemlich, and mathematician Paul Erdős will inspire readers of all ages
By Marjorie Ingall · August 21, 2013
One of many ancient local customs analyzed in this week’s Talmud study is the habit of separating Jews from gentiles
By Adam Kirsch · August 20, 2013
With Egypt’s army clearing protesters by force, scholar Samuel Tadros explains why his country’s modernizers support military rule
By Lee Smith · August 14, 2013
Most American Jews have effectively cast off rabbinic guidance. Would the Talmud’s rabbis have respected us for it, or disdained us?
By Adam Kirsch · August 13, 2013
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 Rachel Shukert · August 9, 2013
By imbuing even the most mundane things—like vinegar—with importance, the rabbis find proof of sacred history
By Adam Kirsch · August 6, 2013
Bird-brained conspiracy theories keep a tenacious foothold in the Arab Middle East, where science lags behind the West
By Lee Smith · July 31, 2013
What adults whose kids have purported psychic powers, from soulful Crystal Children to fiery Indigo Children, might say
By Marjorie Ingall · July 30, 2013
Daf Yomi: Much of the rabbinical ingenuity is devoted to figuring out how to draw clear lines in murky situations
By Adam Kirsch · July 30, 2013
If all this power procreating is doing so much to make the Windsors popular, shouldn’t Jews follow suit?
By Rachel Shukert · July 26, 2013
Agents of Influence counsels the young emir of the wealthy Arab nation who must decide how to use his powerful TV network
By Lee Smith · July 25, 2013
New titles, for three different age groups, offer young readers an escape into fantastical fiction—with a Jewish twist
By Marjorie Ingall · July 23, 2013
Daf Yomi: A closer look at the Holy of Holies provides a fascinating illustration of how the rabbis of the Talmud read the Bible
By Adam Kirsch · July 23, 2013
Daf Yomi: For the rabbis, trivial—even outdated or immaterial—problems can provide the best thought experiments
By Adam Kirsch · July 16, 2013
Who owns the widespread and influential new Arab media, source of much of our news about the region?
By Lee Smith · July 10, 2013