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Jewish Ideas in Plymouth Colony

Jewish Ideas in Plymouth Colony

The faith of America’s Pilgrim ancestors was deepened by Jewish texts, while their acts of gratitude were conscious reenactments of the Jewish past.

Nov. 25 2020 12:01AM
What Saudi Arabia Is Thinking

What Saudi Arabia Is Thinking

There’s talk of the new American administration moving closer to Iran. Could a Saudi step toward peace with Israel protect Riyadh from the troubles that might ensue?

Nov. 24 2020 12:41AM
American Orthodoxy's Twilight of Authority

American Orthodoxy's Twilight of Authority

When the established rabbis go silent, others, including civic-minded philanthropists and charismatic outsiders with inflammatory social-media presences, fill the void.

Nov. 20 2020 12:13AM
Podcast: Matti Friedman on the Russian Aliyah—Thirty Years Later

Podcast: Matti Friedman on the Russian Aliyah—Thirty Years Later

The Israeli journalist and author of our November essay joins us to talk about the lives featured in his work.

Nov. 19 2020 12:27AM
Kamala, Mamale

Kamala, Mamale

Why do Yiddish speakers refer to children by terms of endearment seemingly meant for adults?

Nov. 18 2020 12:01AM
The Parallel Lives of David Ben-Gurion and Abdullah bin Hussein

The Parallel Lives of David Ben-Gurion and Abdullah bin Hussein

Born within four years of each other, David Ben-Gurion and Abdullah bin Hussein emerged out of the same political womb to forge Israel and Jordan in battle. Both nations should be grateful.

Nov. 17 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: Daniel Gordis on Jewish Responses to Misery

Podcast: Daniel Gordis on Jewish Responses to Misery

The author of our October essay joins us to talk about the sources of Jewish resilience, and to share his memories of the Six-Day War.

Nov. 13 2020 12:36AM
Yuri Slezkine’s Undiscriminating Eye

Yuri Slezkine’s Undiscriminating Eye

How a much-lauded historian with a genius for identifying similarities—but no eye for differences—misreads Jewish history.

Nov. 12 2020 12:01AM
The Tremors of Muslim Reform

The Tremors of Muslim Reform

The powers at the center of the Muslim world are refusing to tolerate radical Islamism, and a spirit of repair and renewal is at hand. Will it catch on?

Nov. 10 2020 12:12AM
How Good Is Gal Gadot's Hebrew School?

How Good Is Gal Gadot's Hebrew School?

The Israeli actress recently released “Gal Gadot Teaches You Hebrew Slang,” a short video from Vanity Fair. She turns out not to be such a good teacher, but it doesn’t matter much.

Nov. 5 2020 12:01AM
A New Self-Understanding Dawns in the Middle East

A New Self-Understanding Dawns in the Middle East

The intellectual shifts revealed by the new peace agreements between Israel and three Arab nations could turn out to be as significant as their economic and military benefits.

Nov. 3 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: John Podhoretz on 75 Years of Commentary

Podcast: John Podhoretz on 75 Years of Commentary

The editor of the great Jewish magazine joins us to talk about its illustrious history.

Oct. 30 2020 12:01AM
The Trouble at Northwestern

The Trouble at Northwestern

I just wrote a book about new fundamentalisms with the university’s much-loved Jewish president. Now one of those fundamentalisms, aided by its Jewish exponents, is coming for him.

Oct. 28 2020 12:02AM
Was the Balfour Declaration a Colonial Document?

Was the Balfour Declaration a Colonial Document?

So goes the accusation. But the public commitment Britain made to the Jews in Palestine is very different from the Sykes-Picot accord and other secret “treaties” carving up native lands.

Oct. 28 2020 12:01AM