On the mysterious and much debated origins of a seminal biblical term
Why I stopped wearing tefillin—and why I put them on again
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, two schools of biblical thought diverge over the ritual clothing fringes. Plus: Does a dead man get to wear tzitzit?
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, why even the crowns of Hebrew letters matter. Plus: The biblical Moses is relegated to the eighth row of a rabbi’s class, for not understanding the lesson.
Need your faith in the goodness of strangers reaffirmed? Read on
Why do so many of us misplace our tefillin? And what, if anything, does it say about our faith?
As a child, I yearned for a chance to fight a good, clean war like my uncle, who enlisted after Japan attacked. Instead, I got Nixon and a lesson about God’s complicated plan.
Do you really need a license to put on tefillin?
When a man visiting from Israel accidentally lost his tefillin in Williamsburg, it took a total team effort to locate it. Only in New York.
Blood, sweat, and tears. And prayer.
A writer reflects on her decision to lay tefillin at a Conservative day school, despite it being frowned upon
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis have a hard time explaining gender differences in commandments and blessings, including whether women can shave their beards
I don’t know why I chose to observe the ancient ritual, but sometimes to know, you must first do
When the Hasidim at sidewalk mitzvah tanks ask passersby if they’re Jewish, my madras pants and boat shoes render me invisible
I used to think that being a feminist meant doing whatever men did. Now I’ve found my own place as a woman in the Orthodox world.
And there are apparently 10 sets of subway riders’ forgotten tefillin inside
When our baby had heart surgery, my wife asked me to put on tefillin. I did, for the first time in years, but not the last.
For a hundred generations Jews lived in anticipation of redemption, a historical tension that continues to define Judaism