‘Amistad’ and Spielberg’s West African Moses

The 1997 film looks back to the biblical Exodus and ahead to Abraham Lincoln

Vigilante Violence in This Week’s Torah Portion

Reading the biblical story of Phinehas in light of recent events in Israel

Did Moses Intermarry? Who Says He Did—and Why Do They Want To Know?

Some Reform leaders see Moses as a model to ease modern tensions. But such a reading of the Torah is strained—and risky.

Which Came First: Abraham and the Patriarchs or Moses and the Torah?

A Talmudic problem: Abraham lived before the law was given, so how can his actions be used to interpret the law?

Robert Alter Wants Us To Think More Seriously About the Bible as Literature

The scholar, critic, and masterful translator remains dedicated to uncovering the full subtlety and intelligence of the stories in sacred texts

The Chosen Facial Hair

Beards are having their pop cultural moment, but Jews have always known the value of a furry face

There May Be Two New Big Films About Moses

And Steven Spielberg has dropped out of one of them

Herman Wouk’s Last Shot

With The Lawgiver, the best-selling novelist takes another stab at the kind of Hollywood fame he’s always coveted

Avraham Lincoln Avinu

Spielberg’s timely new Civil War biopic portrays a man leading his people to the gates of the Promised Land

TV, Guide!

Like religion, TV shows must understand how to tell stories over time if they hope to endure. The Simpsons gets it. Downton Abbey doesn’t.

Nyets

On the eve of yet another Super Bowl without his beloved New York Jets, a lifetime fan sees echoes of Judaism in his tortuous loyalty

Moses, As Told by Spielberg

Director is reportedly interested in Exodus project

Uncertain Jew

An Egyptian exile considers Jewish identity—and his own—in a cosmopolitan world. Excerpted from the new essay collection Alibis.

God Got Game

Video games teach us everything we need to know about the tension between destiny and free will

Bad Faith

The Republican presidential candidates’ refusal to believe in things like global warming isn’t just bad science; it’s also very poor religion

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