A new genre of journalism brings up the good, the bad, and the ugly of liberal soul-searching
Don’t call yourselves progressives if you put up with religiously zealous, violent maniacs like Hamas
AIPAC, the so-called Jewish Lobby, has no influence in the White House and is scared to speak out
Art-world pervert flaunts mirrored balloons, oodles of cash at the Whitney
What happened when Kenneth Fearing’s Communist sympathies came up against his ideas about art?
Now that you know the novelist’s incestuous secrets, is his newly reissued ‘Mercy of a Rude Stream’ quartet worth reading or not?
Brian Schwadron studied with indigenous healers around the world. Now he’s using what he learned to create wedding banquets.
Roman Jews have had a long love affair with tomatoes. This recipe for oven-browned ‘pomodori a mezzo’ will show you why.
For two weeks at Camp Simcha every summer, campers aren’t kids with cancer or kids with cerebral palsy. They’re just kids.
Through reasoning, the rabbis brought all of natural creation under the rule of law
The Talmud’s pragmatism and wonder meet in a technical problem about the height of a boundary line
By avoiding authoritative rulings in favor of nuanced debate with the ideas of the past, the Oral Law refuses to simplify
As our Talmud column returns, debates over Oral Law range from the existential to the mundane
Seven months into a seven-and-a-half-year study cycle, book critic Adam Kirsch is hooked—and flummoxed
The range of problems and the variety of answers in the study of Oral Law lead to new pathways of reasoning
To overcome fated lives, the Talmud’s rabbis argued, perform virtuous acts according to Torah
Rabbis left enforcement of their Talmudic decrees to communal standards and voluntary commitment
When is a tent just a tent and not like a bed or a hat? To update Jewish laws, the rabbis reasoned by analogy.
You wouldn’t expect that the tractate on Shabbat would be the place to discuss circumcision. You’d be wrong.
Talmudic rabbis debate the reach of permissions and prohibitions, and Jews are rewarded for virtuous behavior
As a doctor, I know there’s a power higher than me. That’s why I pray every day for the people I’m treating.
The rabbis who reasoned about the day of rest also celebrated it. Plus: The Talmud on iPad and in translation.
Lionizing those who perform feats of memory and logic, who reason strictly from premise to conclusion
In this week’s page of Talmud, the rabbis show their skill at making distinctions between obligation and acting out
Faring better than Europe, but with clouds on the horizon
Says Legendary Photojournalist Tyler Hicks is Bad at His Job
More of the shallowest, least thoughtful commentators of the week
‘Every two minutes, we hear a bombardment’
Kills two in surprise attack Friday morning
Rediscovering the relevance of a Streisand classic
The author of Tablet’s ‘France’s Toxic Hate’ series discusses his background
Netanyahu vows to press on until tunnel threat eliminated
On August 2, 1944, Nazis liquidated the concentration camp’s Gypsy section
Irving Finkel, an expert on ancient Mesopotamia, decodes a Babylonian tablet and traces its path to the Book of Genesis
How one shy, whistle-blowing intern in an Amsterdam archive uncovered a travesty that insulted a decimated community
Two economists argue that literacy, not laws forbidding land ownership, created a small, widely dispersed and highly skilled minority