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Podcast: Judah Ari Gross on Why Israel and Morocco Came to a New Defense Agreement

Podcast: Judah Ari Gross on Why Israel and Morocco Came to a New Defense Agreement

A new defense agreement between Israel and Morocco could have a significant impact in the Middle East and North Africa. A top military reporter joins us to explain what happened and why.

Dec. 3 2021 12:01AM
Hasidic Parents Want Better Schools. New York Should Help Them Rather than Punish Them

Hasidic Parents Want Better Schools. New York Should Help Them Rather than Punish Them

Incentivizing better Orthodox schooling is less legally fraught, more politically appealing, and more likely to succeed in practice than forced regulation.

Dec. 2 2021 12:24AM
Jonathan Sacks and the Case of the Suppressed Stanza

Jonathan Sacks and the Case of the Suppressed Stanza

The final, often-skipped stanza of the popular Hanukkah candle-lighting song Ma’oz Tsur presented the late rabbi with an unusual challenge.

Nov. 30 2021 12:01AM
How America Lost Its Leverage on Iran

How America Lost Its Leverage on Iran

Ten years ago, two senators, one Republican and one Democrat, joined together to force America to sanction Iran. In the years since, the leverage they built has dissipated. Why?

Nov. 23 2021 12:01AM
Podcast: Avi Helfand on Jewish Life and Law at the Supreme Court

Podcast: Avi Helfand on Jewish Life and Law at the Supreme Court

An upcoming Supreme Court case could have profound effects on American religious communities. Does the nature of Jewish law offer a unique perspective on the question at hand?

Nov. 19 2021 12:33AM
The Legend of Colin Powell's Yiddish

The Legend of Colin Powell's Yiddish

The late statesman’s supposed knowledge of Yiddish bordered on the mythic. And myth it was, for his admirers routinely exaggerated his facility with the language.

Nov. 17 2021 12:01AM
The Intellectual Fireworks of Talmud Study Move Outside the Yeshiva

The Intellectual Fireworks of Talmud Study Move Outside the Yeshiva

Some of the most interesting and creative work in all of Jewish studies today is happening neither in universities nor as part of a yeshiva curriculum.

Nov. 15 2021 12:01AM
Podcast: Nicholas Eberstadt on What Declining Birthrates Mean for the Future of the West

Podcast: Nicholas Eberstadt on What Declining Birthrates Mean for the Future of the West

America’s birthrate is declining rapidly. A distinguished social scientist joins us to discuss why that’s happening, whether it can be reversed, and, if it can’t, how America can cope with it.

Nov. 11 2021 12:06AM
The End of the Orthodox Voting Bloc?

The End of the Orthodox Voting Bloc?

The New Jersey gubernatorial race suggests that increasing numbers of haredi Jews are now voting based on personal conviction rather than communal pragmatism.

Nov. 10 2021 12:16AM
Halkin Puts Everything in Its Place

Halkin Puts Everything in Its Place

In his new essay collection, my friend Hillel Halkin offers an autobiographical overview, unorthodoxly given, in a lifetime’s worth of literary attempts.

Nov. 8 2021 12:01AM
Podcast: Suzy Weiss on the Childless Lives of Young American Women

Podcast: Suzy Weiss on the Childless Lives of Young American Women

There’s a sterilization sensation in America: young women are choosing to make having children biologically impossible. What’s going on, and why?

Nov. 4 2021 12:26AM
Four Examples of What Happened to Yiddish After It Reached the United States

Four Examples of What Happened to Yiddish After It Reached the United States

In some cases, changes were minor. In others, Yiddish phrases were transformed nearly beyond recognition.

Nov. 3 2021 12:01AM
Podcast: Michael Eisenberg on Economics in the Book of Genesis

Podcast: Michael Eisenberg on Economics in the Book of Genesis

The author and businessman joins us to talk about what can and can’t be learned about labor, wealth, trade, debt, and credit from the Hebrew Bible.

Oct. 29 2021 12:01AM
Economic Sanctions on Iran Are Not Working

Economic Sanctions on Iran Are Not Working

The combination of sanctions and diplomacy utilized by every president since Bill Clinton is failing. Can anything be done?

Oct. 26 2021 12:01AM