Do today’s Seders exist to remember the past, or did past events occur so that they could be remembered later?
This week, Talmudic rabbis seek righteousness in the Bible’s tales of vice, weakness, and human frailty
This week, deduction and analogy propel the Talmud from the mundane to the miraculous
Sages in a superstitious age accepted the existence of invisible devils and the use of magic to render them visible
Our book critic dives into Daf Yomi’s daily regimen expecting a law code, but instead finds a chain of questions
Our Comment of the Week
Rabbinical reasoning behind our pre-Passover search for hametz leads Jews through a theological maze, but everything is illuminated at the end
Comment of the Week
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
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
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.
Old School in the New World
A new study assesses the 12th-century memoir attributed to ‘Herman the former Jew’
Reflections on a vexed relationship
Comparing charosets—the date, nut, and wine concoction that sweetens the seder
With even more Jewishness than their other flicks!
Golf course graves and Wiesel’s latest
We are all Rashi’s heirs, but what, exactly, is our inheritance?
You may be able to go home again, but do you really want to?