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In Photos: The Story of the Liberation of Jerusalem a Century Ago

In Photos: The Story of the Liberation of Jerusalem a Century Ago

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s unification in the Six-Day War. It also marks the 100th anniversary of a fierce World War I battle that saved the city from destruction.

May 22 2017 12:01AM
The Flaws of "Oslo" Are the Same as the Flaws of Oslo

The Flaws of "Oslo" Are the Same as the Flaws of Oslo

In its embrace of social psychology and “process over politics,” the new hit drama mirrors the mentality that helped produce the disastrous Oslo Accords themselves.

May 17 2017 12:01AM
What Life Is Like for Jews in Cuba

What Life Is Like for Jews in Cuba

Now that Americans can easily visit the “Latin paradise,” I jumped at the opportunity to see first-hand the reality of life for its few remaining Jews. It isn’t pretty.

May 11 2017 12:35AM
Of Noodge and Nudge, of Slob and Schlub

Of Noodge and Nudge, of Slob and Schlub

A look at the phenomenon by which Yiddish words become English words under the influence of other, similar-sounding English words.

May 10 2017 12:01AM
Racing Before Hitler

Racing Before Hitler

My memories of athletic life as a Jewish teenager in Germany during the tumultuous 1930s.

May 4 2017 12:08AM
The End of Europe as We Know It?

The End of Europe as We Know It?

Is the recent upsurge of European populism a blip on the historical horizon, or the sign of a fundamental restructuring of the continent’s order?

May 1 2017 12:01AM
Why Does the Bible Require New Mothers to Atone after Childbirth?

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
There's No Need to Reclaim the Word “Jew”

There's No Need to Reclaim the Word “Jew”

Contrary to a Times column, the reason people say “he’s Jewish” rather than “he’s a Jew” has nothing to do with anti-Semitism. It’s just a quirk of grammar, and it’s not unique to Jews.

April 26 2017 12:01AM
Why the Lord Doesn't Allow David to Build the Temple

Why the Lord Doesn't Allow David to Build the Temple

David remains a revolutionary hero, a guerrilla leader and desert tribal bandit—too much of a renegade at heart to be entrusted with His house.

April 20 2017 12:01AM
My Life with Hebrew

My Life with Hebrew

When people find out that I teach Hebrew literature, they invariably remark, “Oh, you must be fluent.” I’ve now been working hard at it for many decades, and I’m still not there.

April 13 2017 12:01AM
The Illusory Quest for a Vital American Center

The Illusory Quest for a Vital American Center

What a new history of American civil religion gets wrong.

April 6 2017 12:01AM
Why the Beginning of the Haggadah Is in Aramaic
April 5 2017 12:01AM
In Judaism, Holiness Is as Holiness Does

In Judaism, Holiness Is as Holiness Does

The fire at the core of Leviticus.

March 30 2017 12:01AM
Famous Amos

Famous Amos

The latest novel by Amos Oz, Israel’s best-known writer, is ostensibly an allegory about both the state of Israel and the betrayal of Jesus. What’s it actually about?

March 29 2017 12:01AM