This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study dives into a foundational puzzle of the religion
The right-wing pundit spoke at Yeshiva University this week and said, ‘Transgender people are unfortunately suffering from a significant mental illness’
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.
How learning to ‘leyn’ Torah helped me connect with long-lost ancestors
As a boy, I feared dropping the Torah scrolls, or writing marginalia in other texts. But I overcame that anxiety once I entered academe, whose doors were opened by great Jewish thinkers before my time
Creating special Torah coverings—often from discarded scraps of fabric—has a long history for Italian women
In an excerpt from Chanan Tigay’s new ‘The Lost Book of Moses,’ a historical detective tracks down what could be the original Book of Deuteronomy
The Book of Esther represents a turning point in Jewish history: the demonization of the Jews
Female artists reinterpret scripture as part of the exhibit ‘Women of the Book’
Smuggled to Brazil from Germany in 1939, the scroll was donated to Kehilat Shanghai and used during Rosh Hashanah services in the former Ohel Moishe synagogue
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