Mosaic Magazine

Can Modern Orthodoxy Survive?

The culture wars have come to the Modern Orthodox movement. Is a schism on the horizon?

Can Modern Orthodoxy Survive?

Modern Orthodoxy was founded on the premise that it’s possible to combine fidelity to traditional Judaism with modern values and understandings. That premise is being tested like never before. Read More…


  1. How to Rejuvenate Modern Orthodoxy by Asher Lopatin
    Modern Orthodoxy as it developed in mid-century America was dynamic, vibrant, challenging. Thanks to Open Orthodoxy, it will be again.

  2. Why Modern Orthodoxy Is in Crisis by Adam Ferziger
    A realignment is occurring in the Orthodox world; to flourish, the Modern Orthodox need to recover their sense of collective purpose.

  3. Let Us Now Praise Modern Orthodoxy by Sylvia Barack Fishman
    Against all odds, Modern Orthodoxy has successfully mixed serious religious engagement with modern life. Now it just has to retain the courage of its own convictions.

  4. Modern Orthodoxy, and Orthodoxy by Samuel Heilman
    How does Modern Orthodoxy fit into the greater Orthodox world?

What Happened at Lydda

In his celebrated new book, Ari Shavit claims that “Zionism” committed a massacre in July 1948. Can the claim withstand scrutiny?

What Happened at Lydda

Perhaps no book by an Israeli has ever been promoted as massively in America as My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, by the Ha’aretz columnist Ari Shavit. But how accurate is it? Read More…

Mizrahi Nation

Long shut out of the country’s story, Middle Eastern Jews now make up half of Israel’s population, influencing its culture and its life in surprising new ways. Who are they?

Mizrahi Nation

The story of Israel, as most people know it, is well trod—perhaps even tiresome by now. It begins with anti-Semitism in Europe and passes through Theodor Herzl, the Zionist pioneers, the kibbutz, socialism, the Holocaust, and the 1948 War of Independence... Read More…

Editors' Picks

Let’s Compare Civilian Casualties

By the UN’s own figures, the percentage of women and children killed in Gaza by Israeli airstrikes is far lower than the percentage killed by U.S. airstrikes in Iraq a decade ago. 

The Palestinian Authority as Fig Leaf

Putting Mahmoud Abbas and the PA in charge of Gaza would only relieve Hamas of the burden of governance and enable it to focus on its military operations.

It’s Not 1939, but It’s Bad

The situation of European Jewry today is very different from what it was in the 1930s, but anyone who cares about the future of democracy should be alarmed.

Land of Lost Gods

For millennia, Mesopotamia has teemed with a variety of cults and religions. ISIS is destroying the few that remain.

Sign of Civilization

In the ruins of an ancient village near the Jordanian border, researchers have unearthed the oldest metal object yet discovered in the Middle East. 

Thursday, August 21

One Cheer for Pope Francis

In a rare move, the Pope has encouraged a military response to ISIS slaughter of Christians and Yazidis. Why does he still oppose it to stop the slaughter of Jews? Or Muslims?

Crush ISIS

The barbarous murder of an American journalist points to the terror group’s fundamental weakness—one that the U.S. can and should exploit.   

State-Sponsored Anti-Semitism

Hate-filled graffiti and demonstrations in Venezuela resemble those in Europe—except that in the former, they are deliberately encouraged by the government. 

Love Which Neighbor?

Does Leviticus’ famous command apply only to other Israelites, or to everybody? An examination of the biblical context strongly argues for the latter. 

Why the Commandments?

In addition to performing mitzvot, it’s important to grasp their underlying intent. Herewith, three approaches and suggestions for how to harmonize them.  

Wednesday, August 20

Presidential Meltdown

Hoping to reduce America’s “global footprint,” the administration has been shockingly passive in foreign affairs.  Result: an ever more dangerous world. 

Scotland’s Race to the Bottom

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, bowing to anti-Semitic intimidation, has canceled an Israeli production. The reaction of the city’s cultural elite? Nary a shrug. 

Christians for Israel—and Judaism

“If you take away the Jewish contribution, there’d be no Christianity. We cannot explain our existence without your existence.” (Interview by Rick Richman).

Byzantine Jerusalem

Though officially banned from their capital since the Bar-Kokhba revolt (132–135 C.E.), Jews were still living there two centuries later when Constantine made it Christian.   

Raiders of the Lost Menorah

What happened to the great golden candelabrum plundered by the Romans and depicted on the Arch of Titus? Contrary to myth, it’s not in the Vatican. 


Tradition, Tradition

Busting the Shtetl Myth
What you think you know about Jewish life in Eastern Europe is wrong, argues a fascinating (but problematic) new book.
by Andrew N. Koss

Ferziger Wertheimer

Can Modern Orthodoxy Survive?

How to Rejuvenate Modern Orthodoxy
Modern Orthodoxy as it developed in mid-century America was dynamic, vibrant, challenging. Thanks to Open Orthodoxy, it will be again.
By Asher Lopatin

Doran August

Foreign Policy

What Was He Thinking?
By seeking reconciliation with Iran, Washington alienates its allies and contributes to ever greater mayhem in the Middle East.
by Michael Doran


Tevye Betrayed

What’s Wrong with Fiddler on the Roof
Fifty years on, no work by or about Jews has won American hearts so thoroughly. So what's my problem?
By Ruth R. Wisse

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Horn Surnames

What's In A Name

Jewish Surnames [Supposedly] Explained
“Dara, you’ll love this!” Actually, I don’t.
by Dara Horn


Conservative and Orthodox

The Crisis in Jewish Law Today
Orthodox rabbis need to stop worrying about 200-year-old battles with “Reformers” and allow Jewish law to develop organically, as it did in the past.
By David Golinkin



Abraham Isaac Kook Receives the Call
For a visionary rabbi in London, the Balfour Declaration of 1917 signified nothing less than the advent of the messianic era.
by Yehudah Mirsky


The Situation in Europe

You Only Live Twice
Vibrant Jewish communities were reborn in Europe after the Holocaust. Is there a future for them in the 21st century?
by Michel Gurfinkiel

Degenerate Art

The Art World

Degenerate Art and the Jewish Grandmother
The story of the family behind the Nazi-era art trove.
By Walter Laqueur


The September Essay

Intermarriage: Can Anything Be Done?
A half-century after the rate of intermarriage in the US began to skyrocket, the Jewish community appears to have resigned itself to the inevitable. But to declare defeat is preposterous.
by Jack Wertheimer

Aharon L

The Rabbinic World

Who Is Aharon Lichtenstein?
Introducing the extraordinary rabbi who next week will receive Israel’s highest honor.
By Elli Fischer


Yom Hashoah

Making Amends
A mysterious request leads the Canadian-born son of a Holocaust survivor back to the old country.
by Robert Eli Rubinstein


The Intellectual Scene

The Walter Benjamin Brigade
How an original but maddeningly opaque German Jewish intellectual became a thriving academic industry.
by Walter Laqueur

Nicholson Essay

The October Essay

Evangelicals and Israel
What do evangelicals really think about the Jewish people, what are the roots of their Christian Zionism—and what is now driving a growing number away from wholehearted support of Israel.
by Robert W. Nicholson