On Yom Kippur, reconsidering the Book of Psalms in light of those who were murdered in the Holocaust
When—and how—did these readings become part of the traditional Jewish liturgy?
King David’s poems are ubiquitous, especially during COVID-19. But should they be?
How long Oh Lord / until we reopen the poem?
Finding words in liturgy to cope with tragedy
Joseph Lease’s new poetry collection, ‘The Body Ghost,’ sings that body electric
My father tried his luck on a surprising set of numbers
Getting lost at summer camp made me rethink what psalms mean to me
During my first shift sitting shmira with a body awaiting burial, I felt sad, guilty, anxious—and grateful
In a new book, Rabbi David Wolpe examines what made the Jewish leader fallible and why, despite his bad behavior, he was great
The scholar, critic, and masterful translator remains dedicated to uncovering the full subtlety and intelligence of the stories in sacred texts
Jacqueline Osherow’s latest collection, Whitethorn, offers poems engaged at once with the literature of the Jewish past and the landscape of the American present
Our On the Bookshelf columnist does penance for some sins of omission
What the French novelist Georges Perec owed to the kabbalistic tradition