The festive holiday now overshadows Shemini Atzeret, which has biblical roots
Irving Finkel, an expert on ancient Mesopotamia, decodes a Babylonian tablet and traces its path to the Book of Genesis
Jewish Museum Berlin displays device that flawlessly produces Torah scrolls
The 15th-century chumash is most expensive Hebrew book ever sold
What happens when our libraries are purged from our homes, replacing spines with screens?
Daf Yomi: The one protection God granted the Jews was to scatter them, so that no single enemy could destroy them all at once
Who wrote the Torah? An unlikely group of Orthodox scholars has launched a website that gets to the heart of Jewish tenets.
Daf Yomi: Could Judaism ever go back to now-alien-seeming rituals from before the destruction of the Temple?
The scholar, critic, and masterful translator remains dedicated to uncovering the full subtlety and intelligence of the stories in sacred texts
Plus an elucidating new report on the West Bank
A new English translation of the Samaritan Torah offers scholars a different version of the sacred text
Those who ran to help in Boston embody the ideal of ‘walking in God’s ways’
As we debate gun policy in the wake of Newtown, we should heed the wisdom of the Jewish sages
Yoram Hazony’s new book bases Judaism on a naturalistic reading of the Bible, but it’s a stretch
When a woman learns the art of Torah chanting, she realizes she is part of a new religious tradition—as well as a very old, sacred one
Evonne Marzouk, the Orthodox co-founder of a Jewish environmental group, insists the Torah holds us responsible for the earth’s well-being
Menachem Youlus arrested for selling bogus rescued Torahs and pocketing the profits
Forget the self-hating Jew; as everything from Internet comments to political speeches shows us, and as this week’s parasha reminds us, it’s the self-infatuated ones we need to look out for
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
We’re commanded to be happy on Purim, and it turns out the acts required for proper observance—from donning costumes to celebrating with others—provide useful tricks for brightening moods year round
Americans say that the Bible is central to them—a divine instruction manual for life on earth. How is it, then, a new book asks, that they know so little of it?
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.
Alone among the Bible’s heroes, the prophet Devorah, my namesake and the hero of this week’s haftorah, didn’t need a man to make her complete. But what can a modern single woman learn from her?
Jacob’s ladder, the subject of this week’s parasha, is a lot like the great video game Minecraft
What Jacob—the hero of this week’s parasha—and the Tea Party can teach us about politics
An anti-Arab attack in East Jerusalem, and this week’s parasha about Abraham in Sodom
Stories of Abraham, the original outsider, and a young Israeli activist who followed his lead
An illustrated look at Torah theft and Torah protection
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Jewish law, and the principle of binding precedent
Nonprofit pledges stricter authentication standards