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.
It could suggest a different story about the creation of the world.
A tip from a Mosaic reader helps pin down what the great diarist was up to on the day of his famous synagogue visit.
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.
With the relaxation of Catholic influence in Quebec, local Jewish culture began to come of age and flourish.
*What worship service did the great diarist Samuel Pepys actually witness?
“In heaven there will be no law,” an American legal giant once wrote. For Jews, it’s exactly the opposite.
In his rendering of the banishment of Ishmael, the Torah reading for Rosh Hashanah, Rembrandt reminds us of the bond between Jews and humanity at large.
Despite everything that has changed, today’s internal Jewish divisions eerily echo those from exactly a century ago.
At least one of them might stem from the days when Jews ululated.
We were invited to join in the school’s prayers and hymns, but our grateful acquiescence also implied there was something illicit or shameful about our Jewishness.
The question sounds absurd, but anti-circumcision activists are winning legal and policy victories—and overturning the definition of freedom of religion in the process.
Is a biblical commandment against taking a mother bird with her young intended to teach mercy, or is it about something else?
For Judaism, the outward life of religious behavior comes first.