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The Gibberish a Madrid Doctor Mutters Going Into Church Is Really Hebrew Dating Back Six Hundred Years

The Gibberish a Madrid Doctor Mutters Going Into Church Is Really Hebrew Dating Back Six Hundred Years

“Oh, just some words that my family always says when we enter a church.”

July 28 2021 12:01AM
The Mufti of Jerusalem's Legacy

The Mufti of Jerusalem's Legacy

The famously Nazi-sympathizing mufti, appointed 100 years ago this summer, established an enduring pattern for Palestinian leadership.

July 27 2021 12:01AM
Podcast: Nir Barkat on a Decade of Governing the World’s Most Spiritual City

Podcast: Nir Barkat on a Decade of Governing the World’s Most Spiritual City

Jerusalem’s former mayor joins us to discuss the lessons he learned during his ten years in office.

July 23 2021 12:01AM
Was Menachem Begin a Founder of Israel?

Was Menachem Begin a Founder of Israel?

Israel’s sixth prime minister was a leader of consequence and achievement. But how does he relate to Israel’s origins?

July 22 2021 12:05AM
The Clash Within Liberal Democracy: Israel, the United States, and the West

The Clash Within Liberal Democracy: Israel, the United States, and the West

To ease social animosities and heal political wounds, leaders and citizens in America and Israel must rededicate themselves to the principles of liberal democracy.

July 21 2021 12:01AM
Did Israel’s Founders Declare a Secular State?

Did Israel’s Founders Declare a Secular State?

Going by the usual telling of the founding, religious and secular Jews clashed over whether Israel’s declaration should evoke God’s covenantal promise. How accurate is that account?

July 20 2021 12:00AM
Podcast: Daniel Gordis on the Rift between American and Israeli Jews (Rebroadcast)

Podcast: Daniel Gordis on the Rift between American and Israeli Jews (Rebroadcast)

Daniel Gordis argued in this 2019 conversation that Israeli and American Jews are fundamentally divided. With a new government now in place, has he been proven correct?

July 16 2021 12:01AM
Why the Arab Spring Failed, and the Hopes Its Failure Seeded

Why the Arab Spring Failed, and the Hopes Its Failure Seeded

Despite many real disappointments, the turmoil of the past decade has also revealed signs of promise in the Middle East.

July 15 2021 12:08AM
How Should I Spell My Mother’s Name on Her Gravestone?

How Should I Spell My Mother’s Name on Her Gravestone?

My late mother Pesya was the youngest child of immigrants to America from Kiev and Odessa, one reader writes. Here’s the story of her name.

July 14 2021 12:09AM
Podcast: Yehoshua Pfeffer on How Haredi Jews Think About Serving in the IDF

Podcast: Yehoshua Pfeffer on How Haredi Jews Think About Serving in the IDF

Why do Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews so adamantly decline to serve in the military—and could that change? A communal leader walks us through the deliberations taking place.

July 9 2021 12:01AM
A Threat Assessment for American Jewry, Part One

A Threat Assessment for American Jewry, Part One

Which of the recent samples of anti-Semitism—on the street, on campus, in Congress, or in the clergy—is the greatest threat to America and the Jews?

July 8 2021 12:01AM
Violence in Yemen, Gaza, and Iraq Isn't Coincidental, Even Though the White House Wishes it Was

Violence in Yemen, Gaza, and Iraq Isn't Coincidental, Even Though the White House Wishes it Was

Recent flareups of violence in the Middle East are the outcome of a major policy shift by an administration that prefers to avert its eyes from the truth.

July 6 2021 12:01AM
Podcast: Shalom Carmy on Jewish Understandings of Human Suffering

Podcast: Shalom Carmy on Jewish Understandings of Human Suffering

In wake of the tragedy in Surfside, a distinguished theologian joins us to explain what Jewish tradition teaches about human suffering.

July 2 2021 12:01AM
Brazil's Bizarre Love of Comparing Things to the Holocaust

Brazil's Bizarre Love of Comparing Things to the Holocaust

Frequent and outrageous use of Holocaust imagery is now part-and-parcel of Brazilian political dialogue. How did this happen, and why?

June 30 2021 12:01AM