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Podcast: Michael Doran on China’s Drive for Middle Eastern Supremacy

Podcast: Michael Doran on China’s Drive for Middle Eastern Supremacy

The foreign-policy expert joins us to explain how China seeks hard power and not just economic influence in the region.

Aug. 6 2020 12:32AM
Israelis Love to Call Each Other Cossacks Who've Been Robbed

Israelis Love to Call Each Other Cossacks Who've Been Robbed

A versatile fellow, this Cossack, identified simultaneously with Israel’s prime minister and his bitterest opponents! Who is he and who robbed him?

Aug. 5 2020 12:01AM
Did Jews Really Believe There Were Two Gods in Heaven?

Did Jews Really Believe There Were Two Gods in Heaven?

That’s the contention of a new book by a major historian of ancient Judaism. It deserves serious attention, but it also overstates its case.

Aug. 4 2020 12:08AM
Podcast: Peter Berkowitz on Connecting Unalienable Rights to Foreign Policy

Podcast: Peter Berkowitz on Connecting Unalienable Rights to Foreign Policy

There probably aren’t many interviews out there with State Department officials in which the topics of discussion include Genesis, Plato’s Republic, and the philosophy of John Locke.

July 31 2020 12:19AM
The Once and Future Temple, Part II

The Once and Future Temple, Part II

Christian Renaissance paintings of the Temple are the visual record of a theology that had devastating consequences in the lives of Jews from antiquity to the Middle Ages and beyond.

July 31 2020 12:15AM
The Once and Future Temple, Part I

The Once and Future Temple, Part I

Why do Christian depictions of the Jewish Temple look like the Dome of the Rock, the 7th-century Muslim structure built on that site?

July 30 2020 12:58AM
Why Are Americans Having Fewer Babies?

Why Are Americans Having Fewer Babies?

It’s an enigma that’s vexed demographers for 40 years. The answer turns out not to be natural disasters or pandemics, or even economics, but something deeper: a decline in religion.

July 28 2020 12:08AM
The Significance of Supplication

The Significance of Supplication

An ancient rabbinic dispute pitted eminent scholars against one another. The Taḥanun prayer is rooted in that story of public shame and private distress.

July 27 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: Wilfred McClay on the Warming Relations between Christians and Jews

Podcast: Wilfred McClay on the Warming Relations between Christians and Jews

The author of our July essay joins us to talk about his ideas.

July 24 2020 12:01AM
American English's Love Affair with the Yiddish Word "Meh"

American English's Love Affair with the Yiddish Word "Meh"

A brief history of an indifferent word.

July 22 2020 12:59AM
How to Think Politically About the Jews

How to Think Politically About the Jews

Most American Jews no longer vote in a way that sets them apart from non-Jews. But a growing subsection stands out.

July 21 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: Amos Yadlin on the Mysterious Explosions Sowing Chaos in Iran

Podcast: Amos Yadlin on the Mysterious Explosions Sowing Chaos in Iran

The Israeli general and security expert joins us to talk about what’s going on, who might be responsible, and how Iran might retaliate.

July 16 2020 12:36AM
Peter Beinart's Wedge

Peter Beinart's Wedge

The don of liberal Zionism has come out against a two-state solution. His argument is delusional and messianic. But that’s not the real problem with it.

July 16 2020 12:36AM
Graveyard: A Story

Graveyard: A Story

Two Israelis on a road trip venture to Arlington National Cemetery and encounter there the graves of brothers.

July 10 2020 12:01AM