Are Ashkenazi Jews Descended From Khazars?

New research in the ongoing academic debate says no

Where Did Yiddish Come From?

An explosive debate erupts from footnotes suggesting that Ashkenazi Jews are Europeans

Saving Isaac Newton: How a Jewish Collector Brought the Physicist’s Papers to America

An excerpt from ‘The Newton Papers’ reveals the scientist’s long-hidden, anti-rationalist, heretical obsession with alchemy

Freud and the Marranos: How Yosef H. Yerushalmi Gave Voice to Jews Caught Between Worlds

Two new books explore the complex legacy and rich life of the great Jewish historian of conversos and Marranos

When an Israeli Ambassador Debated a British Historian on Israel’s Legitimacy—and Won

The Montreal face-off between Yaacov Herzog and Arnold Toynbee offers ways of discussing the Jewish state that still feel fresh

Rabbi Wolpe’s Picks: A Hybrid History

‘How Jewish is Jewish History?’ by Moshe Rosman

Are Books All We Have Left?

A masterful encyclopedia sums up our history and culture but raises the question of where Jewishness lies today

Tracing Jewish History in Afghanistan

A look at the Afghan Geniza sheds new light on Jewish history

Eric Hobsbawm’s Jewish Gift

How the British Marxist and anti-Zionist, who died last week, influenced the writing of Jewish history

In Defense of Bloodlands

The Yale historian explains his masterwork and its transnational narrative of the Holocaust

Shaping History

Painter Ward Shelley plays with the history of Judaism in ‘The People of the Book,’ a series of giant, whimsical flowcharts that tell a story

Buried

Three cemeteries belonging to Shearith Israel, the oldest Jewish congregation in North America, are tucked away in Manhattan, a visible legacy of New York City’s long-ago Jewish past

Foundation Myths

Stifling debate on the Nakba—the Arabic word for catastrophe and how Palestinians refer to Israel’s founding—prevents a free and open discussion of the historical record

Elevated

The Israel Museum’s impressive $100 million renovation awkwardly attempts to redefine the Jewish world

History and Memory

Yosef Yerushalmi, who died Tuesday, was a pioneer in the field of Jewish studies

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