The story of Simhah Isaac Lutski helps explain how Karaite Jews retained their communal and doctrinal coherence amid other competing, more ‘European’ forms of Judaism
It’s easier than ever to visit the gravesites of beloved rabbis and sages
To the Talmudic rabbis, religion was not opposed to the law but deeply connected to its study, even if dialogue wins over decree
The Talmud describes rabbis who were not just judges and legal analysts, but magicians as well
Holy fireworks, non-revelations about God, and Eruv 2.0
The spiritual fad of the new millennium hinges on a cryptic, erotic, medieval text. If anyone can explain why, it’s Daniel Matt.