What’s the Point of Passover?

Do today’s Seders exist to remember the past, or did past events occur so that they could be remembered later?

The Badness of Good Stories

This week, Talmudic rabbis seek righteousness in the Bible’s tales of vice, weakness, and human frailty

The Power of Positive Thinking

This week, deduction and analogy propel the Talmud from the mundane to the miraculous

The Talmud’s Many Demons

Sages in a superstitious age accepted the existence of invisible devils and the use of magic to render them visible

A Talmudic Journey Begins

Our book critic dives into Daf Yomi’s daily regimen expecting a law code, but instead finds a chain of questions

Reports of Jewish Left’s Death: Premature?

Our Comment of the Week

Following the Breadcrumbs

Rabbinical reasoning behind our pre-Passover search for hametz leads Jews through a theological maze, but everything is illuminated at the end

Greedo Is a Rodef

Comment of the Week

Found in Translation

Scholar Adin Steinsaltz discusses his recently completed edition of the Talmud, why the Internet is better than TV, and the prospect of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Elvis playing cards together

Breakfast With Rashi

In this week’s “Tell Me,” Tablet Magazine’s illustrated question-and-answer column, we reconstruct a reader’s morning repast—and offer commentary on the proceedings

Stop Snitchin’

Moses, the hero of this week’s parasha, had his own code of silence. Like every self-respecting rapper, he understood that squealing signals a breakdown of social cohesion.

Wiesel Sings at 92Y

Old School in the New World

Convert’s Tale

A new study assesses the 12th-century memoir attributed to ‘Herman the former Jew’

Fathers and Sons

Reflections on a vexed relationship

Paste Test

Comparing charosets—the date, nut, and wine concoction that sweetens the seder

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