In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ intentionality and human agency remain at the heart of Jewish law. Plus: the difference between a pagan and a heretic.
How a tiny enclave of Mountain Jews in Azerbaijan produced some of the former Soviet world’s richest men
An astonishing true story of a man’s encounter with fate
A final evening of talk and tipple with the owner of a Greenwich Village institution driven out of business by rising rents, before another bit of old New York bites the dust
Understanding the Jewish billionaire—who is neither the villain of right-wing caricature, nor the angel of left-wing hagiography
A new study of old Jewish cemeteries in Europe finds the epitaphs whispering at us
Was Frida Kahlo Jewish, and does it matter? A blockbuster show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum brings the Mexican artist’s contradictions to life.
The book, recommended by author Alice Walker, repeatedly cites the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion,’ dubs the Talmud ‘among the most appallingly racist documents on the planet,’ and says Jews funded the Holocaust and control the KKK
Why censoring Nazi imagery in student theater isn’t good for anyone
Christopher Hitchens died seven years ago this Saturday, a decade after breaking ranks with onetime friend Gore Vidal and beginning a feud that symbolized major changes in left-wing politics
On the six-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, the need to take real action to curb gun violence is more urgent than ever
In my New Jersey town, Torah comes before bread
As the drink has gained popularity, distilleries have created a new whiskey scene—one with a distinctly Israeli flavor
What lies beneath seven years of Israeli rhetoric about Iran?
Millions of women mobilized against gender inequality and the election of Donald Trump in 2016. But only four of them ended up at the top—and the consequences have been enormous.
Is a Kingsborough Community College professor a racist or a victim of ‘academic mobbing’?
Why ‘smooth as a baby’s bottom’ rarely applies to Jewish men’s faces
World War II, the Cold War, American racism, Polish introspection, and Jerry Lewis
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