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When Did We Begin to Talk about Victims of Misfortune or Adversity as "Survivors"?

When Did We Begin to Talk about Victims of Misfortune or Adversity as "Survivors"?

It probably started with the term “Holocaust survivor.”

Nov. 21 2018 12:01AM
The Bread Maker of Jerusalem

The Bread Maker of Jerusalem

On a visit with the proprietor of Russell’s Bakery and his multi-ethnic, multi-political, and multi-religious staff, the story of Israel unfolds in microcosm.

Nov. 14 2018 12:01AM
Middle Eastern Christians Are Under Threat. How do They Feel about Jews and Israel?

Middle Eastern Christians Are Under Threat. How do They Feel about Jews and Israel?

Unlike Western Christians, Middle Eastern Christians never warmed to Jews, but the rise of Islamism has led some to see Israel as the proverbial enemy of their enemy.

Nov. 8 2018 12:01AM
Destiny; or, How I Found My Two “Basherts”

Destiny; or, How I Found My Two “Basherts”

Ruth R. Wisse discovers her husband and her subject.

Nov. 1 2018 12:01AM
The Ambivalence of the Biblical Attitude toward Laughter

The Ambivalence of the Biblical Attitude toward Laughter

Jewish history has not always been characterized by laughter, but in Genesis it evokes the freedom and joy of a life in partnership with God.

Oct. 26 2018 12:01AM
Of a Widow, a Patroness, Their Stricken Sons, and Two Hebrew Prophets

Of a Widow, a Patroness, Their Stricken Sons, and Two Hebrew Prophets

What a pair of parallel stories tells us about gratitude and awe.

Oct. 25 2018 12:01AM
Some Notable First-Century BCE Palestinian Jews With Greek Names

Some Notable First-Century BCE Palestinian Jews With Greek Names

A recent archaeological discovery in Jerusalem reminds us that Jews once bore names like Antigonus, Aristobulus, and, possibly, Daedalus.

Oct. 24 2018 12:01AM
The First-Ever Anthology of Israeli Science Fiction and Fantasy

The First-Ever Anthology of Israeli Science Fiction and Fantasy

Grasping the special virtues of Zion’s Fiction.

Oct. 17 2018 12:01AM
Lionel Trilling's Jewish Problem

Lionel Trilling's Jewish Problem

A leading light of the famous New York Intellectuals harbored deeply conflicted feelings about his own Jewishness, and exceptionally harsh views on Jews and Judaism.

Oct. 11 2018 12:01AM
There's a Strange Grammatical Difficulty with the Opening Verse of the Bible

There's a Strange Grammatical Difficulty with the Opening Verse of the Bible

It could suggest a different story about the creation of the world.

Oct. 10 2018 12:01AM
Philologos Mailbag: Readers Help Solve the Pepys Puzzle

Philologos Mailbag: Readers Help Solve the Pepys Puzzle

A tip from a Mosaic reader helps pin down what the great diarist was up to on the day of his famous synagogue visit.

Oct. 4 2018 12:01AM
Why Judaism Takes Rain Very Seriously

Why Judaism Takes Rain Very Seriously

The land given to the Israelites provided ample space for crops and livestock, but there was a catch: the water doesn’t come for free.

Sept. 28 2018 12:01AM
Discovery; or, the Ferment of Jewish Montreal in the Fifties

Discovery; or, the Ferment of Jewish Montreal in the Fifties

With the relaxation of Catholic influence in Quebec, local Jewish culture began to come of age and flourish.

Sept. 27 2018 12:01AM