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Even In a Pandemic, Columbia Students Promote BDS

Even In a Pandemic, Columbia Students Promote BDS

They can’t vote in person right now, but that’s not stopping undergraduates at one of the world’s most prestigious universities from trying to pass a boycott of Israel.

March 31 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: Yossi Klein Halevi on the Transformation of Israeli Music

Podcast: Yossi Klein Halevi on the Transformation of Israeli Music

The noted author and political thinker drops by our studio to talk about his other passion: Israeli music and the ways it has shaped the country.

March 26 2020 12:01AM
A Blueprint for Jewish Law

A Blueprint for Jewish Law

A passage in the Talmud’s first tractate shows why it’s such a uniquely influential work, and so unlike anything in the history of Western literature, theology, or legal scholarship.

March 25 2020 12:01AM
Who Wrote Judaism's Canonical Creed?

Who Wrote Judaism's Canonical Creed?

Untangling the history of the Ani Ma’amin, usually but misleadingly ascribed to Maimonides.

March 24 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: Richard Goldberg on the Future of Iran Policy

Podcast: Richard Goldberg on the Future of Iran Policy

The foreign-policy expert joins us to talk about how to slow down Iran’s march toward nuclear weapons—without getting entangled in a military confrontation.

Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic and Richard Goldberg
March 19 2020 12:01AM
How "Lovingkindness" Got So Popular, and So Far From Its Jewish Roots

How "Lovingkindness" Got So Popular, and So Far From Its Jewish Roots

A derived translation of the Hebrew Bible’s ḥesed, which focuses on action and deeds for others, lovingkindness as understood today focuses on internal feeling.

March 18 2020 12:01AM
What Harry Houdini, the Quintessential Escape Artist, Declined to Escape

What Harry Houdini, the Quintessential Escape Artist, Declined to Escape

Houdini’s was the prototypically self-made American tale. But even while turning himself into the world’s greatest breaker of constraints, he remained a proudly identified Jew.

March 17 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: Rafael Medoff on Reconsidering Roosevelt

Podcast: Rafael Medoff on Reconsidering Roosevelt

The historian and author of The Jews Should Keep Quiet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and the Holocaust joins us to talk about his work.

Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic and Rafael Medoff
March 13 2020 12:01AM
Spare Your People a Fourth Election, O Israel, and Form a Minority Government

Spare Your People a Fourth Election, O Israel, and Form a Minority Government

Three elections having led to inconclusive results, a fourth now looms. There’s another, smarter, more representative way.

March 12 2020 12:01AM
A New Museum Tracks the History of Christian Zionists

A New Museum Tracks the History of Christian Zionists

The Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem offers a fascinating (if occasionally overdone) view of the movement.

March 11 2020 12:01AM
The Happy Jews of the American University of Beirut, and Their Unhappy Fate

The Happy Jews of the American University of Beirut, and Their Unhappy Fate

Once home to a thriving community of Jewish students, today the U.S.-accredited university effectively bars Israelis from applying.

March 10 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: Eugene Kontorovich on the New American Peace Plan and How It Differs from the Old Ones

Podcast: Eugene Kontorovich on the New American Peace Plan and How It Differs from the Old Ones

The expert on international law joins us to explain why he thinks the new plan might work where others have failed.

March 5 2020 12:01AM
Why There Was Never an Italian "Yiddish" (and Why There Will Never Be an American One)

Why There Was Never an Italian "Yiddish" (and Why There Will Never Be an American One)

An Italian Yiddish was never in the cards, as the case of “Judeo-Mantuan” makes clear, because Jews were more closely integrated into Italian society than they were in Eastern Europe.

March 4 2020 12:01AM
Did FDR Really Abandon the Jews of Europe?

Did FDR Really Abandon the Jews of Europe?

He did. A recent book is a damning polemic against him and also against America’s most politically connected Jewish leader. Yet it’s hard to imagine things ending differently.

March 3 2020 12:01AM