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Notes on Moving to Israel in a Pandemic

Notes on Moving to Israel in a Pandemic

The ancient Israelites, wandering in the wilderness, had more plentiful provisions than British Airways on this particular evening. How would I—we—get through this journey?

Sept. 24 2020 12:11AM
The Supreme Court Inches Toward Religious Freedom

The Supreme Court Inches Toward Religious Freedom

In its most recent term, the court handed down several decisions that protect First Amendment rights. What comes next?

Sept. 23 2020 1:10AM
How America Helped Iraq Fall under Iran’s Grip

How America Helped Iraq Fall under Iran’s Grip

The U.S. has repeatedly chosen the wrong allies in Iraq. Now Iran is poised for total control over its old adversary, a development that carries grave costs.

Sept. 22 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: Haviv Rettig Gur Talks Israel’s Deep State

Podcast: Haviv Rettig Gur Talks Israel’s Deep State

The Israeli journalist joins us to talk about the group of people in his country who are responsible, and the group of people who because of them don’t have to be responsible.

Sept. 17 2020 12:46AM
Why Are the High Holy Day Services so Long?

Why Are the High Holy Day Services so Long?

The liturgy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is full of liturgical poems that stretch the bounds of the Hebrew language and the patience of worshipers.

Sept. 17 2020 12:01AM
Will New York City's Orthodox Jews Leave Too?

Will New York City's Orthodox Jews Leave Too?

After a summer of chaos, wealthy and secular New Yorkers are fleeing in droves. Brooklyn’s Jews aren’t thrilled, but for them leaving isn’t so easy, or so desirable.

Sept. 15 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: Hillel Halkin and Ruth Wisse on His Life in Hebrew

Podcast: Hillel Halkin and Ruth Wisse on His Life in Hebrew

The two giants of Jewish literature come together for a wide-ranging discussion centered around his new book on the seminal Hebrew writers of modernity.

Sept. 10 2020 12:35AM
Medieval Jewish Society Wasn't so Law-Abiding and Chaste After All

Medieval Jewish Society Wasn't so Law-Abiding and Chaste After All

A new book rescues the period from the jail of nostalgia and didactic parables about righteous men, turning it into something like The World of Our Fathers meets The Wire.

Sept. 9 2020 12:58AM
Podcast: Gil Troy on His New Book with Natan Sharansky

Podcast: Gil Troy on His New Book with Natan Sharansky

The Israeli historian joins us to talk about his partnership with Sharansky, what he calls the Sovietization of American culture, and much more.

Sept. 4 2020 12:01AM
The New Book On Religious Freedom That Defines Religion Down

The New Book On Religious Freedom That Defines Religion Down

A distinguished historian of the American founding sees religion as a matter of individual belief rather than communal obligation.

Sept. 3 2020 1:30AM
Hebrew Infusion vs. Hebrew Immersion in American Jewish Summer Camps

Hebrew Infusion vs. Hebrew Immersion in American Jewish Summer Camps

When one Jewish summer camp “bombed” another with leaflets excoriating its lack of commitment to Hebrew and Zionism.

Sept. 1 2020 12:01AM
Why Free Societies Need Healthy Families

Why Free Societies Need Healthy Families

The decline of marriage has created a social divide within the nations of the West, the likes of which have not been seen in over a century.

Aug. 27 2020 12:01AM
In Russia, Anti-Semitism Has Long Been the Opiate of the Intellectuals

In Russia, Anti-Semitism Has Long Been the Opiate of the Intellectuals

Even though the author tries to downplay it, a new book shows how deeply rooted anti-Semitism was in Soviet ideology.

Aug. 25 2020 12:01AM
Adin Steinsaltz's Glimpse into the Way That All Jewish Languages Work

Adin Steinsaltz's Glimpse into the Way That All Jewish Languages Work

Whether it’s Judeo-Arabic, or Judeo-Italian, or Judeo-Spanish, or the Judeo-German better known as Yiddish, they all mix in varying amounts of Hebrew.

Aug. 18 2020 12:15AM