History & Ideas

Different languages employ different methods of generating nicknames, but they all satisfy the same two needs: to show special affection and to demonstrate special intimacy.

Jan. 5 2017 12:01AM

A crypto-Jew’s diary, written so as to be hidden from the Inquisition.

Joseph Berger
Jan. 4 2017 12:01AM

As the latest attempt to draw universal ethical principles from the Bible shows, philosophical investigation of its text offers the prospect of great rewards—and grave dangers.

Jan. 3 2017 12:01AM

The Hanukkah story didn’t end with the rededication of the Temple.

Lawrence Schiffman
Dec. 30 2016 12:01AM

The brothers who wrote two of the best-known Jewish melodies early in the last century.

Albert Stern
Dec. 30 2016 12:01AM

The original misunderstood and lonely poet.

Raymond Scheindlin
Dec. 29 2016 12:01AM

Talmudic rabbis never forgave the combining of priesthood with the monarchy.

Richard Hidary
Dec. 28 2016 12:01AM

After 2,000 years.

Daniel Eisenbud
Dec. 28 2016 12:01AM

A post-Soviet Jew searches for traces of his great-grandparents.

Dec. 27 2016 12:01AM

Reading between the lines of Toldot Yeshu.

Eli Yassif
Dec. 27 2016 12:01AM

The Bomberg press of Venice.

Yoel Finkelman
Dec. 27 2016 12:01AM

What happened after Shabbetai Tsvi chose conversion over death.

Cengiz Sisman
Dec. 26 2016 12:01AM

And how Edward Said’s Orientalism gets in the way.

Richard Landes
Dec. 23 2016 12:01AM