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Podcast: Chaim Saiman on the Roots and Basis of Jewish Law (Rebroadcast)

Podcast: Chaim Saiman on the Roots and Basis of Jewish Law (Rebroadcast)

In honor of Shavuot, the Jewish holiday that celebrates lawgiving, a discussion about the essence of Jewish law.

June 14 2024 12:10AM
How Monotheistic Israel and Pagan Rome Gave the World Its Weeks

How Monotheistic Israel and Pagan Rome Gave the World Its Weeks

A rivalry between the Jewish numerical and European pagan-astronomical nomenclatures for the seven-day week has played out over millennia across the world.

June 11 2024 12:01AM
Podcast: Elliott Abrams on American Jewish Anti-Zionists

Podcast: Elliott Abrams on American Jewish Anti-Zionists

The longtime observer of American Jews looks at the Jews who see Israel as a moral encumbrance, and what they imagine would happen without it.

June 7 2024 12:01AM
Podcast: Andrew Doran on Why He Thinks the Roots of Civilization Are Jewish

Podcast: Andrew Doran on Why He Thinks the Roots of Civilization Are Jewish

Discussing the contention that “civilization” came into the drama of human history with God’s covenantal promise to Abraham and his children.

May 31 2024 12:01AM
When Did Jews Settle on the Seven-Day Week?

When Did Jews Settle on the Seven-Day Week?

It was only in the early-to-mid first millennium BCE that both the ancient Babylonians and the ancient Hebrews began dividing their lunar months into seven-day periods.

May 29 2024 12:01AM
Podcast: Haisam Hassanein on How Egypt Sees Gaza

Podcast: Haisam Hassanein on How Egypt Sees Gaza

The foreign-policy expert explains how Egypt assesses its own interests, what its goals are in Gaza, and the future of its peace treaty with Israel.

May 24 2024 12:01AM
The Day of the Barbecue

The Day of the Barbecue

Is the surprisingly furious debate over how religious Jews should celebrate Israeli Independence Day nearing an end?

May 22 2024 12:01AM
Podcast: Asael Abelman on the History of "Hatikvah"

Podcast: Asael Abelman on the History of "Hatikvah"

To mark the 76th anniversary of Israel’s founding, the historian looks at the national anthem’s story, mysteries, and paradoxes.

May 17 2024 12:01AM
How the Eurovision Censors Helped Make Eden Golan a Star

How the Eurovision Censors Helped Make Eden Golan a Star

In trying to take references to October 7 out of the Israeli singer’s now-famous song “Hurricane,” the competition both accidentally improved it and made her a cause célèbre.

May 16 2024 12:01AM
Podcast: Shlomo Brody on Jewish Ethics in War

Podcast: Shlomo Brody on Jewish Ethics in War

As a possible Rafah incursion awaits the IDF, the author of a new volume on Jewish just-war theory explains the moral issues at stake.

May 10 2024 12:01AM
Podcast: Ruth Wisse on the Explosion of Anti-Israel Protests on Campus

Podcast: Ruth Wisse on the Explosion of Anti-Israel Protests on Campus

The scholar and frequent commentator puts the protests and protestors in their proper context.

May 3 2024 12:01AM
Why Are the Anti-Israel Chants So Dull?

Why Are the Anti-Israel Chants So Dull?

Compared to the wit of the anti-Vietnam slogans of the late 60s, the anti-Israel chants of today are aggressively tedious. What does that say about the chanters?

May 2 2024 12:01AM
Podcast: Meir Soloveichik on the Politics of the Haggadah

Podcast: Meir Soloveichik on the Politics of the Haggadah

The well-known rabbi looks at the link between freedom and monotheism in the the text accompanying the seder service.

April 19 2024 12:01AM
Did the Ancient Sage Hillel Really Invent the Sandwich? 

Did the Ancient Sage Hillel Really Invent the Sandwich? 

The truth of the tale of Hillel and the “Hillel sandwich.”

April 18 2024 12:01AM