Meir Soloveichik

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.

Podcast: Meir Soloveichik on the Purpose of Keeping Kosher (with Locusts)

The rabbi and public intellectual comes by our studio to discuss the meaning of kashrut, with the help of some unusual examples.

Sept. 5 2019 12:32AM

Rembrandt's Very Human, Very Accurate, Very Jewish (and Very Unclassical) David

Michelangelo’s universally admired depiction of one of history’s most famous Jews is not the least bit Jewish. Take, on the other hand, Rembrandt.

Dec. 20 2018 12:01AM

Rembrandt and What it Means to be Both a Stranger and a Neighbor in the World

In his rendering of the banishment of Ishmael, the Torah reading for Rosh Hashanah, Rembrandt reminds us of the bond between Jews and humanity at large.

Sept. 7 2018 12:01AM

How Rembrandt Understood the Destruction of Jerusalem (and Poussin Didn't)

A tale of two paintings and one city.

July 12 2018 12:01AM

Rembrandt and the One Gentile Prophet in the Hebrew Bible

How does the great painter render the tale of Balaam and the ass?

June 28 2018 12:01AM

Rembrandt and the Dangers of Vision

To perceive without seeing, and to utilize sight to sharpen rather than to detract from insight, is an essential Jewish task. This is the challenge that Rembrandt allows us to glimpse.

May 25 2018 12:01AM

The Ultimate Portrayal of the Ultimate Example of the Unhappy Family

What Rembrandt’s etching of Joseph and his family shows us about Judaism, and mankind.

Dec. 7 2017 12:01AM

Rembrandt's Jewish Vision

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.

Sept. 14 2017 12:01AM

"We Have Not Yet Appointed a Hebrew"

A leading historian of American Judaism discusses Abraham Lincoln’s fascination with the Jews—and Jews’ fascination with Lincoln.

July 7 2016 12:01AM

Rembrandt's Great Jewish Painting

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.

June 10 2016 12:01AM

What's Missing from Jewish Conservatism?

The key to Jewish continuity lies in observance of Jewish law, a fact Jewish conservatives would do well to remember.

April 23 2015 12:01AM

Why Jews Used to Eat Dried Carob on Tu b'Shvat

Bokser smells like Limburger cheese. It’s also an embodiment of Jewish vitality and endurance.

Feb. 4 2015 12:01AM

Gil Marks and the Holy Stomach

An acclaimed food writer and culinary historian knew that to understand Jewish food was to understand Judaism itself.

Dec. 10 2014 12:01AM

The Temple Mount: In Whose Hands?

The reason Jews can’t pray at Judaism’s holiest site.

Nov. 12 2014 12:01AM

The Decalogue and the Identity of God

The Orthodox Jew discovers a fascinating intellectual anomaly: a non-rabbinic Jew who approaches the Bible with deep reverence.

June 19 2013 3:40PM

Locusts, Giraffes, and the Meaning of Kashrut

The most famous Jewish practice is really about love and national loyalty.

Jan. 15 2006 12:00AM