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When Did Judaism Begin?

When Did Judaism Begin?

A new book called The Origins of Judaism places the momentous occurrence much later in time than that proposed by most scholars. Is it right?

Nov. 28 2022 12:01AM
Did a 15th-Century Jew Beat Gutenberg to the Printing Press?

Did a 15th-Century Jew Beat Gutenberg to the Printing Press?

A newly released academic study hints as much.

Nov. 23 2022 12:01AM
In Israel and America, Haredi Jews Are Starting To Vote Like Everyone Else

In Israel and America, Haredi Jews Are Starting To Vote Like Everyone Else

Ultra-Orthodox Jews no longer vote in blocs and are now enthusiastic participants in national ideological movements. They may rue the change.

Nov. 21 2022 12:01AM
Podcast: Simcha Rothman on Reforming Israel’s Justice System

Podcast: Simcha Rothman on Reforming Israel’s Justice System

The member of Knesset and architect of the effort to reform Israel’s judiciary speaks about the issue.

Nov. 18 2022 12:01AM
The Mythography of Tel Aviv

The Mythography of Tel Aviv

Shared myths reveal something elemental about the people who sustain them. A scholar of cultural memory describes the layers of myth that illuminate Israel’s quintessentially modern city.

Nov. 17 2022 12:01AM
The Asian American Challenge to Affirmative Action—and to American Jews

The Asian American Challenge to Affirmative Action—and to American Jews

Why haven’t more American Jews joined the many Asian-American students and their parents protesting a policy reminiscent of the 1920s?

Nov. 14 2022 12:01AM
Podcast: Michael Doran on Iran's Growing Military Dominance in the Middle East

Podcast: Michael Doran on Iran's Growing Military Dominance in the Middle East

The foreign-policy analyst joins us to talk about his recent essay “Overmatch.”

Nov. 11 2022 1:33AM
Was There an Ancient Superlanguage Called Nostratic?

Was There an Ancient Superlanguage Called Nostratic?

And could the story of the Tower of Babel actually reflect a dim folk-memory of its breakup?

Nov. 9 2022 12:01AM
Podcast: Scott Shay on How BDS Crept Into the Investment World, and How It Was Kicked Out

Podcast: Scott Shay on How BDS Crept Into the Investment World, and How It Was Kicked Out

Until recently, campus BDS resolutions were being used to penalize companies doing business in or with Israel. This week’s podcast guest explains how he helped put a stop to it.

Nov. 4 2022 12:01AM
Will Israel's Next Government Last Longer than a Container of Hummus?

Will Israel's Next Government Last Longer than a Container of Hummus?

How the Jewish state found itself going to elections yet again, and what reforms might, at last, bring some stability.

Oct. 31 2022 12:01AM
Podcast: Haviv Rettig Gur on Netanyahu, Lapid, and Another Israeli Election

Podcast: Haviv Rettig Gur on Netanyahu, Lapid, and Another Israeli Election

The Israeli political analyst joins us to talk about the upcoming election, and the tribal identities that play into it.

Oct. 28 2022 12:01AM
How to Solve the Haredi Education Controversy

How to Solve the Haredi Education Controversy

If outsiders listen to leaders of the community rather than reformers on the margins, they’ll be more likely to come to agreement. Just look to Israel, where a new precedent was set.

Oct. 27 2022 12:22AM
The Scourge of "Jewsplaining"

The Scourge of "Jewsplaining"

I’ve been spared an encounter with the neologism until lately. But, frankly, now that I have made its acquaintance, I find it idiotic. (And don’t get me started about “goysplaining.”)

Oct. 24 2022 12:01AM
Podcast: Yoav Sorek, David Weinberg, and Jonathan Silver on What Jewish Magazines Are For

Podcast: Yoav Sorek, David Weinberg, and Jonathan Silver on What Jewish Magazines Are For

A conversation about how small magazines develop and publish big Jewish ideas.

Oct. 21 2022 12:01AM