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The Bible's Coalition of Complainers

The Bible's Coalition of Complainers

Koraḥ’s failed rebellion against the leadership of Moses shows that a culture based on grievance cannot last.

June 22 2017 12:01AM
What Is the Source of the Phrase "Never Again"?

What Is the Source of the Phrase "Never Again"?

Some say its author was Meir Kahane, the founder of the Jewish Defense League. Is that right?

June 21 2017 12:01AM
A Balm for the Pathologies of Postmodernism

A Balm for the Pathologies of Postmodernism

Out of the pages of history, the distinguished scholar and essayist Gertrude Himmelfarb offers intellectual, moral, and political aid for our time.

June 14 2017 12:01AM
Two Anthem-Like Views of What Judaism Boils Down To

Two Anthem-Like Views of What Judaism Boils Down To

The two great liturgical songs of Yigdal and Adon Olam offer rival attempts to summarize the essence of Judaism.

June 8 2017 12:01AM
Who Is the Biblical Stranger, and What Should the Bible's Teaching Mean Today?

Who Is the Biblical Stranger, and What Should the Bible's Teaching Mean Today?

The shifting historical meaning of “Thou shalt not oppress a stranger.”

June 7 2017 12:01AM
The Great Book of Grievance

The Great Book of Grievance

There’s a reason the Torah refers to the endlessly complaining Israelites, who need a golden calf to comfort them, as “the children of Israel.”

May 25 2017 12:01AM
Some Yiddish Words Jump into American English Quickly. Others Take Much Longer.

Some Yiddish Words Jump into American English Quickly. Others Take Much Longer.

The process results from, in equal measure, Jewish separateness and Jewish assimilation.

May 24 2017 12:01AM
In Photos: The Story of the Liberation of Jerusalem a Century Ago

In Photos: The Story of the Liberation of Jerusalem a Century Ago

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s unification in the Six-Day War. It also marks the 100th anniversary of a fierce World War I battle that saved the city from destruction.

May 22 2017 12:01AM
The Flaws of "Oslo" Are the Same as the Flaws of Oslo

The Flaws of "Oslo" Are the Same as the Flaws of Oslo

In its embrace of social psychology and “process over politics,” the new hit drama mirrors the mentality that helped produce the disastrous Oslo Accords themselves.

May 17 2017 12:01AM
What Life Is Like for Jews in Cuba

What Life Is Like for Jews in Cuba

Now that Americans can easily visit the “Latin paradise,” I jumped at the opportunity to see first-hand the reality of life for its few remaining Jews. It isn’t pretty.

May 11 2017 12:35AM
Of Noodge and Nudge, of Slob and Schlub

Of Noodge and Nudge, of Slob and Schlub

A look at the phenomenon by which Yiddish words become English words under the influence of other, similar-sounding English words.

May 10 2017 12:01AM
Racing Before Hitler

Racing Before Hitler

My memories of athletic life as a Jewish teenager in Germany during the tumultuous 1930s.

May 4 2017 12:08AM
The End of Europe as We Know It?

The End of Europe as We Know It?

Is the recent upsurge of European populism a blip on the historical horizon, or the sign of a fundamental restructuring of the continent’s order?

May 1 2017 12:01AM
Why Does the Bible Require New Mothers to Atone after Childbirth?

Why Does the Bible Require New Mothers to Atone after Childbirth?

The law in Leviticus seems morally questionable, not to mention out of line with the Bible’s otherwise encouraging stance toward the bearing of children. What’s it really about?

April 27 2017 12:01AM