The majority of Israeli Jews, Lyn Julius points out in her book Uprooted, are not new to the Middle East—they were moved from one part of it to another.
The women’s self-recorded experiences are utterly disparate, but both offer a potent antidote to any sentimental nostalgia for life in the age of Sholom Aleichem.
The expert on religious law joins us to talk about the importance of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue.
And most of them reveal a hidden admiration for the person who’s had the wit and the grit to get away with it.
It’s not Maimonides. It’s Saadya Gaon, “the first Jewish scholar whose universal mind embraced all the branches of Jewish learning known in his time.”
On reading the Hebrew Bible in a spirit of intellectual honesty without losing your faith.
It’s at once the most famous affirmation of Jewish belief—no other sentence in Judaism is more powerful—and the most misunderstood.
Our resident scholar joins us to talk about her recent essay on the novelist Saul Bellow and to expand on her sense of him as a full-fledged Jewish intellectual.
What separates language from language, and language from dialect.
The memoirs of this 17th-century Jewish woman have long fascinated historians. For the first time, a complete English edition brings her to life for today’s readers.
The co-author of a worrisome new report on the quickening secularization of American young people joins us to talk about his findings.
A bomb scare during the film about the murderer of Yitzḥak Rabin prompts musings on behavior private and public.
I was reproached for questioning whether Jews should be creating new communities in places from which they were cleansed. Let me explain.
The author of A Time to Build joins us to talk about why institutions matter and what communities of faith can do to contribute to American renewal.