Fiction and Essays
The History of a Karaite Rabbi in Eastern Europe
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
Daniel J. Lasker
· March 21, 2017
The Grateful and the Dead
It’s easier than ever to visit the gravesites of beloved rabbis and sages
· May 25, 2016
Why Read Daf Yomi? To Rediscover an Older Way of Imagining the Jewish Spirit.
To the Talmudic rabbis, religion was not opposed to the law but deeply connected to its study, even if dialogue wins over decree
· March 25, 2014
Rationalism, Mysticism, Slaves, and a Sukkah Made From an Elephant
The Talmud describes rabbis who were not just judges and legal analysts, but magicians as well
· March 4, 2014
Sundown: Fourth of Jewly?
Holy fireworks, non-revelations about God, and Eruv 2.0
· June 24, 2009
Living in a Material World
The spiritual fad of the new millennium hinges on a cryptic, erotic, medieval text. If anyone can explain why, it's Daniel Matt.
· January 14, 2004