What are we to make of the fiery images, stories, and rituals that inform Jewish liturgy and Jewish self-understanding?
Nishmat starts with the wide-open sky and the wings of eagles; it ends deep inside the recesses of the body, in our vital organs.
Ma’oz Tsur’s last verse was repressed for centuries.
One from Italy, one from Russia.
The story of Joseph sets up two archetypes: the righteous dreamer (Joseph) and the flawed but penitent sinner (his brother Judah). Both have a place in the tradition, but one is preferred.
Journalists fail their readers by failing to understand religion.
Conferring an air of legality on the murder of Naboth.
The real message of the golden calf?
The first anti-Semite.
The daughter of a voice.
For the first time in millennia.
Some rabbis have treated God like a petulant member of the Knesset.
Who needs Babe Ruth when you can have Moshe Feinstein?