The origins of two strange names for French villages that are now suburbs of Paris.
To perceive without seeing, and to utilize sight to sharpen rather than to detract from insight, is an essential Jewish task. This is the challenge that Rembrandt allows us to glimpse.
It wasn’t easy for an entire Jewish family to escape Eastern Europe in the mid-20th century. Ruth Wisse’s did.
Of shlukh and shlokh.
Like Rembrandt’s, Steen’s art reflects a tremendous effort to humanize Jewish figures.
Like Zionism, the global human rights movement was the product of Jews motivated by the need to find a refuge for their beleaguered people.
A new book portrays a community of enduring faith and proudly distinct character dating back to pre-Roman times: a remarkable Jewish path through time.
“If there is no overriding reason for the Major to retain an awkward-sounding German name that our people finds hard to pronounce, . . . he [should] change it to a Hebrew one.”
A sumptuous new book collects 100 examples of decorated and illuminated haggadahs from across Europe, Israel, America, and beyond.
In pursuit of openly political ends, some professors risk destroying the principles and safeguards that for over a century have protected the freedom of their colleagues.
Limiting observance to expressions of grief and mourning, failing to take account of the valor that defeated Hitler, is untrue to the full meaning of the day.
Figuring out the right way to characterize Pharaoh’s heart.
Sermons from the Years of Rage, 1939-1942, hidden during the war and now released in a new edition, is a rabbinic work unlike any since the destruction of the First Temple.
In a biblical book many of whose poems express anxiety and apprehension, Psalm 104 is a confident and joyous singalong.