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Israel’s Going Through A Spiritual Transformation. How Is It Dealing?

Israel’s Going Through A Spiritual Transformation. How Is It Dealing?

An interview with Ruth Calderon, a Talmud scholar and former member of Knesset on the Judaization of the Israeli public sphere—and much more.

June 27 2022 12:01AM
Podcast: Jeffrey Woolf on the Political and Religious Significance of the Temple Mount

Podcast: Jeffrey Woolf on the Political and Religious Significance of the Temple Mount

A rabbi and historian explores the history of the Temple Mount, its presence in the Jewish imagination, and why more and more Jews are now going there to pray.

Jeffrey Woolf and Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic
June 23 2022 12:06AM
The History of Jews Giving Their Children Both Hebrew and English First Names

The History of Jews Giving Their Children Both Hebrew and English First Names

Jewish history has always known periods in which double naming existed, always in places in which Jews were relatively well-integrated in the non-Jewish society around them.

June 22 2022 12:01AM
Why So Many of the Greatest Leaders in Jewish History Began Life as Jewish Outsiders

Why So Many of the Greatest Leaders in Jewish History Began Life as Jewish Outsiders

An investigation, and a tribute to the 2022 Herzl Prize laureate Roger Hertog.

June 21 2022 12:01AM
The End of the New Jew and the Rebirth of the Old

The End of the New Jew and the Rebirth of the Old

Zionist revolutionaries dreamed that Israel would create a New Jew, purged of the exile’s disfigurements. Instead, it’s become a vehicle for the renewal of the old Jew, and the old Judaism.

June 20 2022 12:01AM
Podcast: Zohar Atkins on the Contested Idea of Equality

Podcast: Zohar Atkins on the Contested Idea of Equality

In what way are human beings equal? A philosopher and rabbi joins this week’s podcast to trace the idea of equality through the ages.

June 17 2022 12:01AM
American Jewry's Stunted Sons

American Jewry's Stunted Sons

The middle of the 20th century inaugurated a time when American Jewish sons stopped being able to imagine themselves as Jewish fathers—and we’re still living in it.

June 16 2022 12:01AM
What's Missing from "Rise and Kill First"

What's Missing from "Rise and Kill First"

A book about Israel’s targeted-assassination program has become legendary and will soon be brought to television. It’s accurate in its facts, but misses on its judgments.

June 13 2022 12:01AM
Podcast: Steven Smith on Persecution and the Art of Writing

Podcast: Steven Smith on Persecution and the Art of Writing

A Yale political scientist joins us to talk about esoteric writing and how to understand its relation to politics.

June 10 2022 12:46AM
The Conceptual Poverty of "Crimes Against Humanity"

The Conceptual Poverty of "Crimes Against Humanity"

There is, unfortunately, nothing more human than most of the things called inhuman. That’s why in Jewish tradition “crimes against humanity” are thought of as crimes against divinity.

June 8 2022 12:17AM
Podcast: Jon Levenson on the Moral Force of the Book of Ruth

Podcast: Jon Levenson on the Moral Force of the Book of Ruth

This week’s podcast guest uncovers the many layers to the biblical book that Jews traditionally read on the upcoming holiday of Shavuot.

Jon Levenson and Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic
June 3 2022 12:01AM
The Molten Flow of Primordial Chaos, Agitating the Chests of Men—or Not

The Molten Flow of Primordial Chaos, Agitating the Chests of Men—or Not

The language of Homer delights in illuminating the world at length. The language of the Bible, by contrast, is compact, but fraught with the agitated flow of emotions.

June 2 2022 12:01AM
Shlomo Pines: The Jewish Philosopher Who Presupposed Nothing

Shlomo Pines: The Jewish Philosopher Who Presupposed Nothing

Even at the Hebrew University at mid-century, when the likes of Martin Buber and Gershom Scholem walked the halls, Pines stood out for his prodigious knowledge of everything.

May 31 2022 12:01AM
Podcast: Tony Badran on How Hizballah Wins, Even When It Loses

Podcast: Tony Badran on How Hizballah Wins, Even When It Loses

Lebanon’s recent elections make Hizballah seem weak. This week’s podcast explains why that’s misleading, and why it’s exactly what Hizballah wants the world to think.

May 27 2022 12:01AM