Sarah Rindner

Sarah Rindner teaches English literature at Lander College in New York and blogs at Book of Books.

The Best Books of 2018, Chosen by Mosaic Authors

Letters, antidotes, eternal lives, outcasts, secret worlds, pogroms, and more.

Dec. 12 2018 12:01AM

The Ambivalence of the Biblical Attitude toward Laughter

Jewish history has not always been characterized by laughter, but in Genesis it evokes the freedom and joy of a life in partnership with God.

Oct. 26 2018 12:01AM

The Kabbalah of Birds' Nests

Is a biblical commandment against taking a mother bird with her young intended to teach mercy, or is it about something else?

Aug. 23 2018 12:01AM

Rahel Is a Great Hebrew Poet, Period

In her demure immediacy, she links the modern Jewish nation to its roots both in the land and in the foundational text of the Bible.

June 18 2018 12:01AM

Why the Menorah Is the Most Enduring of All Jewish Symbols

Unlike the case with nearly every other Tabernacle fixture, the function of the menorah does not cease when the Jewish people no longer possess a Temple.

May 31 2018 1:30AM

What Others Can Learn from Israel about Having Children

Raising birthrates requires a commitment to values greater than individual self-interest.

May 14 2018 12:01AM

The Problem with the Tablets

The Cecil B. DeMille version of the revelation at Sinai, in which Moses ascends the mountain on his own and returns bearing tablets, misses key aspects of the Israelites’ experience.

Feb. 1 2018 12:01AM

The Chapter of the Bible in Which Four Nations Are Born

Lekh l’kha narrates the birth of the Arabs, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and, of course, the Jewish people.

Oct. 26 2017 12:01AM

The Bible's Coalition of Complainers

Koraḥ’s failed rebellion against the leadership of Moses shows that a culture based on grievance cannot last.

June 22 2017 12:01AM

Why Does the Bible Require New Mothers to Atone after Childbirth?

The law in Leviticus seems morally questionable, not to mention out of line with the Bible’s otherwise encouraging stance toward the bearing of children. What’s it really about?

April 27 2017 12:01AM

Ancient Israel's National Anthem

The great song marking the Israelites’ safe crossing of the Sea of Reeds is the Hebrew Bible’s only full-length poem recited collectively by the people as a whole. What is it really about?

Feb. 9 2017 12:01AM

Which is Better: to Be Righteous, or to Be Quick to Sin and Quick to Repent?

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.

Dec. 22 2016 12:01AM