In rabbinic Judaism, learning replaces noble birth as a source of power and status—including the power to avoid state responsibility
In conversation with Shulem Deen’s new ‘All Who Go Do Not Return,’ a book that doesn’t give readers everything they want
Newly-discovered 1923 film of influential rabbi used in haredi campaign
How ultra-Orthodox Jews and the secular left are forging an unlikely peace coalition in Israel
As Israel’s first female Haredi dean, mathematician Malka Schaps is helping other religious women follow in her footsteps
The Council of Four Lands was the central body of Jewish autonomy in Poland for nearly two centuries. What went wrong?
New movie offers a glimpse into the insular ultra-Orthodox community
Can David Stav, who is in line for the post, return it to the stature it held before his immediate predecessors?
Seventy years ago, Rabbi Aharon Kotler built an enduring community of yeshiva scholars by making peace with capitalism
Yair Lapid appeals to Israel’s ultra-Orthodox, says he does not seek to destroy their way of life, but rather to include them in the state’s defense.
In tense Knesset debate, Yesh Atid head critiques Haredi society and defends using Facebook on Shabbat
David Hartman, my late study partner, wanted to be a great rabbi. He ended up in a war for Judaism’s future.
As the Knesset debates conscription for Haredim, some teens are already leaving their community to serve
At the Western Wall, the latest incarnation of an ancient Jewish battle between tradition and modernity
Parents in a tight-knit neighborhood believe a pedophile ring is terrorizing children. What if it doesn’t exist?
Jerusalem’s Israel museum persuasively shows that Hasidism is not only, or even really, about religion
One Talmudic rabbi’s prayers work, while others’ fall on deaf ears. Is humility more pleasing to God than pomp?
Plus Canadian severs ties with Iran, kicks out diplomats
A coup at the rabbinic academy deposes Gamliel and unleashes a torrent of questions
This week’s Daf Yomi reframes the debate over the primacy of force or scholarship in Jewish values
Can activist Mickey Gitzin focus the social justice movement on a political message about synagogue and state?
With squabbling of Kadima and religious parties, Bibi holds all the cards
As the Knesset considers a new national service law, young Arab citizens may be required to pitch in, too
Plus former Mossad head criticizes Romney, and more
Plus new inspections and new sanctions, and more in the news
Plus ‘Israel Firsters,’ the Americans of Beit Shemesh, and more
Netanyahu condemns spitting, but his coalition could be threatened
Plus hot mommies, and more in the news