A 90-year-old rabbi is deservedly famous for incisive, realist, and, above all, brief halakhic commentary
This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ helps Jews swear in disputes of the kind they might encounter in small claims court. Plus: if an oath must be taken in the name of God, can the literal name be spoken? And is Abraham’s penis a sacred object?
Held the week of Transgender Day of Visibility, academics and practitioners from all walks of life discussed the overlap of religious law and identity—and the human soul
Jewish converts are often unfairly scrutinized and face intense pressure to obey Orthodox observances. But they should be treated with open arms, just like Ivanka Trump.
Costumes, revelry, and satire weren’t always synonymous with the holiday
Brian Williams’ lies were damaging and misleading. But can he repent?
Legal and rabbinic scholars have long debated the controversial issue
Jack Balkin, Richard Primus, Randy Barnett, and Eugene Kontorovich talk about how Judaism influences their work
Women are entitled to a wide range of emotions about their bodies and fertility. But under Jewish law, the rules are clear.
He’s the expert who specializes in finding ‘disappeared’ husbands—men who leave their wives without Jewish divorces, or hope
This week’s Talmud reading prompts strikingly contemporary questions about observance and belief
What would Jewish law have to say about alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s burial?
Jewish tradition is weighted definitively against pacifism. But does that mean drone warfare is kosher?
Arrested kidney broker raises big questions
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