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In Russia, Anti-Semitism Has Long Been the Opiate of the Intellectuals

In Russia, Anti-Semitism Has Long Been the Opiate of the Intellectuals

Even though the author tries to downplay it, a new book shows how deeply rooted anti-Semitism was in Soviet ideology.

Aug. 25 2020 12:01AM
Adin Steinsaltz's Glimpse into the Way That All Jewish Languages Work

Adin Steinsaltz's Glimpse into the Way That All Jewish Languages Work

Whether it’s Judeo-Arabic, or Judeo-Italian, or Judeo-Spanish, or the Judeo-German better known as Yiddish, they all mix in varying amounts of Hebrew.

Aug. 18 2020 12:15AM
The Jews’ Right To Statehood: A Defense

The Jews’ Right To Statehood: A Defense

Is it possible to justify the existence of a Jewish state? So asked the late Ruth Gavison back in 2003, and her answer resounds as strongly now as it did then.

Aug. 18 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: Micah Goodman on Politics and Power in Deuteronomy

Podcast: Micah Goodman on Politics and Power in Deuteronomy

The Israeli intellectual joins us to talk about the ideas in his best-selling book on the revolutionary political teachings in Moses’s last speech.

Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic and Micah Goodman
Aug. 13 2020 12:01AM
Doves’ Labor Lost: How Israel’s Once-Dominant Party Faded Into Insignificance

Doves’ Labor Lost: How Israel’s Once-Dominant Party Faded Into Insignificance

Even after a decade of electoral failure, the Labor party prefers to console itself with platitudes about the reasons why. It won’t be successful until it confronts the truth.

Aug. 12 2020 12:15AM
One of the Greatest Minds of Medieval Spanish Jewry

One of the Greatest Minds of Medieval Spanish Jewry

Medieval Spain produced many Jewish geniuses. The poet and philosopher Solomon Ibn Gabirol, born 1000 years ago, wrote poetry that is still sung in synagogues all over the world.

Aug. 11 2020 12:01AM
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