Meir Soloveichik is the rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in New York and director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University.
If Judaism’s idea of art is one that can truly represent our frail, fallible humanity, then Rembrandt, who captured faces “without any attempt to beautify them,” is the artist for Jews.
Not only strikingly beautiful, his painting of Moses holding the Ten Commandments also happens to be one of the most authentically Jewish works of art ever created.
The key to Jewish continuity lies in observance of Jewish law, a fact Jewish conservatives would do well to remember.
Bokser smells like Limburger cheese. It’s also an embodiment of Jewish vitality and endurance.
An acclaimed food writer and culinary historian knew that to understand Jewish food was to understand Judaism itself.
The reason Jews can’t pray at Judaism’s holiest site.
The Orthodox Jew discovers a fascinating intellectual anomaly: a non-rabbinic Jew who approaches the Bible with deep reverence.