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Podcast: Micah Goodman on the Right Way to Reduce the Israel-Palestinian Conflict

Podcast: Micah Goodman on the Right Way to Reduce the Israel-Palestinian Conflict

The Israeli public intellectual joins us to talk about the ideas in his bestselling Catch 67 and his recent essay in the Atlantic.

Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic and Micah Goodman
Sept. 20 2019 12:01AM
Is Israel Abandoning the Liberal Order? Robert Kagan Says Yes. He's Wrong about Israel, and Wrong about the Liberal Order

Is Israel Abandoning the Liberal Order? Robert Kagan Says Yes. He's Wrong about Israel, and Wrong about the Liberal Order

The Jewish state has little choice but to adapt to a world shaped by forces greater than its own. That doesn’t make it illiberal, no matter what esteemed foreign-policy types think.

Sept. 19 2019 12:01AM
It's Time to Talk About Moons and Months

It's Time to Talk About Moons and Months

Why the words for both are so similar in so many languages, and why Hebrew has turned out to be the rare exception.

Sept. 18 2019 12:01AM
How a "Dream Team" of Rescuers Salvaged Masses of Jewish Cultural Treasures Looted by the Nazis

How a "Dream Team" of Rescuers Salvaged Masses of Jewish Cultural Treasures Looted by the Nazis

Prewar, no countries had wanted to take in Europe’s Jews. Postwar, many were poised to claim the spoils of the murdered—until an unprecedented group of experts stepped in.

Sept. 17 2019 1:02AM
Podcast: Jack Wertheimer on the New American Synagogue

Podcast: Jack Wertheimer on the New American Synagogue

In the third and final episode of our podcast series, the eminent scholar of American Jewish life brings us into the typical synagogue to show how deeply it’s changing.

Sept. 12 2019 12:35AM
A Science Fiction Novel In which the Jews Become Overlords of the Post-Human Future

A Science Fiction Novel In which the Jews Become Overlords of the Post-Human Future

In The Smoke, the latest from the British writer Simon Ings, “Bundists” turn into grotesque shape-shifters. The implications are at once unclear and unsettling.

Sept. 11 2019 12:01AM
What Contemporary Judges Can Learn from the Judges of Yore

What Contemporary Judges Can Learn from the Judges of Yore

No judge is so great as to be exempt from showing deference to the judicial hierarchy at large.

Sept. 6 2019 12:01AM
Podcast: Meir Soloveichik on the Purpose of Keeping Kosher (with Locusts)

Podcast: Meir Soloveichik on the Purpose of Keeping Kosher (with Locusts)

The rabbi and public intellectual comes by our studio to discuss the meaning of kashrut, with the help of some unusual examples.

Sept. 5 2019 12:32AM
It's the Circle of Bread

It's the Circle of Bread

The circular, braided bread known as challah has a twin. It originated in Greece, was picked up by Mediterranean Jews, traveled with them to Europe, and possibly back to Greece.

Sept. 4 2019 12:01AM
Podcast: Avi Weiss Talks about the AMIA Bombing Cover-Up

Podcast: Avi Weiss Talks about the AMIA Bombing Cover-Up

The rabbi, activist, and author of this month’s Mosaic essay drops by our studio to talk about his time in Argentina laboring to comfort, and to seek justice for, the bereaved.

Aug. 29 2019 12:01AM
The First Days of World Zionism, 122 Years Ago Tomorrow

The First Days of World Zionism, 122 Years Ago Tomorrow

A full English translation of the minutes of the first Zionist Congress is finally available, allowing an engrossing reconstruction of the momentous scene.

Aug. 28 2019 12:01AM
Podcast: Jack Wertheimer on the Many Rapid Changes in the Religious Life of American Jews

Podcast: Jack Wertheimer on the Many Rapid Changes in the Religious Life of American Jews

Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox look much different from the way they appeared fifty years ago. In part two of our conversation, we look at what’s changed.

Aug. 22 2019 12:05AM
Kafka Knew Much More Hebrew than Previously Realized

Kafka Knew Much More Hebrew than Previously Realized

A letter from recently opened archives of the great writer makes clear how seriously he took the language, and by extension a possible move to Palestine.

Aug. 21 2019 12:01AM
Reckoning; or, the Distressing Transformation of Harvard (and American Academia)

Reckoning; or, the Distressing Transformation of Harvard (and American Academia)

What I witnessed in my two decades of teaching at Harvard.

Aug. 20 2019 12:03AM