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A Science Fiction Novel In which the Jews Become Overlords of the Post-Human Future

A Science Fiction Novel In which the Jews Become Overlords of the Post-Human Future

In The Smoke, the latest from the British writer Simon Ings, “Bundists” turn into grotesque shape-shifters. The implications are at once unclear and unsettling.

Sept. 11 2019 12:01AM
What Contemporary Judges Can Learn from the Judges of Yore

What Contemporary Judges Can Learn from the Judges of Yore

No judge is so great as to be exempt from showing deference to the judicial hierarchy at large.

Sept. 6 2019 12:01AM
Podcast: Meir Soloveichik on the Purpose of Keeping Kosher (with Locusts)

Podcast: Meir Soloveichik on the Purpose of Keeping Kosher (with Locusts)

The rabbi and public intellectual comes by our studio to discuss the meaning of kashrut, with the help of some unusual examples.

Sept. 5 2019 12:32AM
It's the Circle of Bread

It's the Circle of Bread

The circular, braided bread known as challah has a twin. It originated in Greece, was picked up by Mediterranean Jews, traveled with them to Europe, and possibly back to Greece.

Sept. 4 2019 12:01AM
Podcast: Avi Weiss Talks about the AMIA Bombing Cover-Up

Podcast: Avi Weiss Talks about the AMIA Bombing Cover-Up

The rabbi, activist, and author of this month’s Mosaic essay drops by our studio to talk about his time in Argentina laboring to comfort, and to seek justice for, the bereaved.

Aug. 29 2019 12:01AM
The First Days of World Zionism, 122 Years Ago Tomorrow

The First Days of World Zionism, 122 Years Ago Tomorrow

A full English translation of the minutes of the first Zionist Congress is finally available, allowing an engrossing reconstruction of the momentous scene.

Aug. 28 2019 12:01AM
Podcast: Jack Wertheimer on the Many Rapid Changes in the Religious Life of American Jews

Podcast: Jack Wertheimer on the Many Rapid Changes in the Religious Life of American Jews

Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox look much different from the way they appeared fifty years ago. In part two of our conversation, we look at what’s changed.

Aug. 22 2019 12:05AM
Kafka Knew Much More Hebrew than Previously Realized

Kafka Knew Much More Hebrew than Previously Realized

A letter from recently opened archives of the great writer makes clear how seriously he took the language, and by extension a possible move to Palestine.

Aug. 21 2019 12:01AM
Reckoning; or, the Distressing Transformation of Harvard (and American Academia)

Reckoning; or, the Distressing Transformation of Harvard (and American Academia)

What I witnessed in my two decades of teaching at Harvard.

Aug. 20 2019 12:03AM
Podcast: Ruth Wisse on Tevye the Dairyman

Podcast: Ruth Wisse on Tevye the Dairyman

The renowned expert on Yiddish literature stops by to talk everything Tevye, Fiddler, Sholem Aleichem, and more.

Aug. 15 2019 12:01AM
What Really Happened at Masada?

What Really Happened at Masada?

The desert fortress has become a powerful symbol of Jewish resistance. A new book examines the evidence to see how much of the story, including the famous mass suicide, is true.

Aug. 14 2019 12:01AM
What the Success of "Mikva the Musical" Says about Orthodox Judaism Today

What the Success of "Mikva the Musical" Says about Orthodox Judaism Today

By and for Orthodox women, Mikva, which has affinities with The Vagina Monologues, opens up a once-secretive ritual while staying firmly in line with tradition.

Aug. 13 2019 12:26AM
The Heretic Whose Teachings the Talmud Preserved and Transmitted

The Heretic Whose Teachings the Talmud Preserved and Transmitted

Elisha ben Avuyah became a vehicle for exploring the agonizing conundrums the rabbis were too honest to ignore but too pious to articulate.

Aug. 9 2019 12:01AM
Podcast: Jack Wertheimer on the New American Judaism

Podcast: Jack Wertheimer on the New American Judaism

The eminent historian of American Jewish life stops by to talk about the findings in his latest book The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice Their Religion Today.

Aug. 8 2019 12:01AM