An interview with Ruth Calderon, a Talmud scholar and former member of Knesset on the Judaization of the Israeli public sphere—and much more.
A rabbi and historian explores the history of the Temple Mount, its presence in the Jewish imagination, and why more and more Jews are now going there to pray.
Jewish history has always known periods in which double naming existed, always in places in which Jews were relatively well-integrated in the non-Jewish society around them.
An investigation, and a tribute to the 2022 Herzl Prize laureate Roger Hertog.
Zionist revolutionaries dreamed that Israel would create a New Jew, purged of the exile’s disfigurements. Instead, it’s become a vehicle for the renewal of the old Jew, and the old Judaism.
In what way are human beings equal? A philosopher and rabbi joins this week’s podcast to trace the idea of equality through the ages.
The middle of the 20th century inaugurated a time when American Jewish sons stopped being able to imagine themselves as Jewish fathers—and we’re still living in it.
A book about Israel’s targeted-assassination program has become legendary and will soon be brought to television. It’s accurate in its facts, but misses on its judgments.
A Yale political scientist joins us to talk about esoteric writing and how to understand its relation to politics.
There is, unfortunately, nothing more human than most of the things called inhuman. That’s why in Jewish tradition “crimes against humanity” are thought of as crimes against divinity.
This week’s podcast guest uncovers the many layers to the biblical book that Jews traditionally read on the upcoming holiday of Shavuot.
The language of Homer delights in illuminating the world at length. The language of the Bible, by contrast, is compact, but fraught with the agitated flow of emotions.
Even at the Hebrew University at mid-century, when the likes of Martin Buber and Gershom Scholem walked the halls, Pines stood out for his prodigious knowledge of everything.
Lebanon’s recent elections make Hizballah seem weak. This week’s podcast explains why that’s misleading, and why it’s exactly what Hizballah wants the world to think.