An excerpt from Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s new biography of the looming figure of Jewish culture
I’ve fought for gay rights in the courtroom and have seen same-sex marriage become the law of the land. Despite narrow interpretations, I argue the belief in God is not inimical to the concept of change.
In this week’s Torah portion, sage words of advice for the Trump-stricken GOP and sit-in Democrats alike
The captain of the Underground Railroad couldn’t have been placed on the $20 bill at a more auspicious moment
Should we continue to revere the works of Jewish leaders who act wrongfully?
In her new book ‘Bewilderments,’ Avivah Zornberg and her biblical hero explore fresh terrain
A rabbi’s take on Ridley Scott’s new blockbuster, Exodus: Gods and Kings
Who needs Christian Bale as Moses when Val Kilmer did a brilliant job in 1998?
The 1997 film looks back to the biblical Exodus and ahead to Abraham Lincoln
Reading the biblical story of Phinehas in light of recent events in Israel
Some Reform leaders see Moses as a model to ease modern tensions. But such a reading of the Torah is strained—and risky.
A Talmudic problem: Abraham lived before the law was given, so how can his actions be used to interpret the law?
The scholar, critic, and masterful translator remains dedicated to uncovering the full subtlety and intelligence of the stories in sacred texts
Beards are having their pop cultural moment, but Jews have always known the value of a furry face
And Steven Spielberg has dropped out of one of them
With The Lawgiver, the best-selling novelist takes another stab at the kind of Hollywood fame he’s always coveted
Spielberg’s timely new Civil War biopic portrays a man leading his people to the gates of the Promised Land
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.
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
Director is reportedly interested in Exodus project
An Egyptian exile considers Jewish identity—and his own—in a cosmopolitan world. Excerpted from the new essay collection Alibis.
Video games teach us everything we need to know about the tension between destiny and free will
The Republican presidential candidates’ refusal to believe in things like global warming isn’t just bad science; it’s also very poor religion
Moses, the father of a radically egalitarian legal system, would have dug the soft financial revolution taking place in Iceland
Barack Obama isn’t to blame for the Tea Party’s surge. Liberals are. And if they want him to win re-election in 2012, they better listen to Moses and learn how to take initiative.
As told in this week’s parasha, Moses couldn’t enter the Promised Land. My three brothers, the subjects of my latest documentary film, chose to leave it.
Activists—from the youth protesting steep rents in Tel Aviv to those dejected by their failure to reform Washington—should listen to Moses, reject magical thinking, and learn how to play politics
This week’s parasha is a reminder of why we must never exaggerate evil, a lesson ignored by recent pop culture hits, from TV’s Damages to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy
The government should follow Moses’ example and drop its prosecution of hacker Aaron Swartz, who downloaded millions of academic articles but broke no discernible law
This week’s parasha is proof that even God changes his mind. Congress must do the same and finally pass legislation prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.