At the oncology ward of an Israeli hospital, a doctor has noticed a puzzling trend: patients are changing their names. Maimonides holds the key.
Should we continue to revere the works of Jewish leaders who act wrongfully?
Looking to Maimonides for guidelines on philanthropic giving
How Maimonides explains the Hello Kitty controversy
For advice on struggling nations seeking debt restructuring, look no further than Jewish law
His nomination to be surgeon-general is being held up by NRA lobbying
The surgeon and writer, who died this month, tackled life’s tough questions
For good advice on economic policy, stop whining and listen to what Maimonides has to say
A ‘mezuzah,’ like Judaism, is designed for life in this world, not for a messianic future, or for martyrdom
Plus Israel asks U.N. to recognize Yom Kippur, and more in the news
Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig was set to convert to Christianity a century ago. Yom Kippur services changed his mind.
Her fourth novel, ‘A Guide for the Perplexed,’ reanimates the past without falling into the traps of ‘Shtetlworld’ nostalgia
In his new memoir ‘Free Spirit,’ Joshua Safran turns to the library to understand the Jewish heritage his mother can’t explain
In a new book, Heidi Ravven draws on philosophy, history, and neuroscience to argue that ethical behavior comes from looking outward, not within
David Hartman, my late study partner, wanted to be a great rabbi. He ended up in a war for Judaism’s future.
Why a quarter of a million people turned out to mourn Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv
Comment of the Week
The medieval Aleppo Codex was safeguarded for centuries in Syria. The problems started when it arrived in Israel.
Jewish food festivals across the South offer a regional twist on traditional recipes—and the best place to find corned beef in barbecue country
The chair of the House Ways and Means Committee says he’s committed to family values. So, why is he allowing his adviser to deny his wife a get?
What does Maimonides have to do with vegan food? A new restaurant in Brooklyn draws unexpected inspiration from the medieval Jewish scholar.
Ultraconservatives get it wrong on birth control: Americans should embrace Judaism’s nuanced approach rather than adhering to absolutes
When Israelis and Palestinians choose politics over music, they’re guilty of the gravest offense in the Torah: acting like Amalek
Ammiel Alcalay’s new book—a challenging collection of notes, photographs, and diary entries he wrote in the 1970s—shows the young scholar and experimental poet through the eyes of his older self
This week’s parasha argues that to become a great leader one must see beyond earthly concerns. It’s a lesson Israel’s current leadership could stand to revisit.
For Egyptian-born Jews, the current crisis elicits a mix of emotions—from nostalgia for an idyllic existence under the monarchy to the terror of being chased out to calls of ‘kill the Jews’
A newfound fascination with exploring her religion brought a somewhat reluctant joiner to Limmud NY, a frenzied three-day festival of Jewish thought. Here’s her diary.
There are two stories of Germany and Jews: the culture of assimilated German Jews and the meeting of German culture with Jewish religion
The secular Jew who actually misses religion
Struggling to maintain a Mizrahi heritage in an Ashkenazi-dominated culture