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The Journey to Jewtown

The Journey to Jewtown

The origins of two strange names for French villages that are now suburbs of Paris.

May 30 2018 12:01AM
Rembrandt and the Dangers of Vision

Rembrandt and the Dangers of Vision

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.

May 25 2018 12:01AM
Survival; or, How My Family Beat the Odds in 1940

Survival; or, How My Family Beat the Odds in 1940

It wasn’t easy for an entire Jewish family to escape Eastern Europe in the mid-20th century. Ruth Wisse’s did.

May 17 2018 12:01AM
In His Biblical Scenes, the 17th-Century Dutch Painter Jan Steen Rivals Rembrandt Himself

In His Biblical Scenes, the 17th-Century Dutch Painter Jan Steen Rivals Rembrandt Himself

Like Rembrandt’s, Steen’s art reflects a tremendous effort to humanize Jewish figures.

May 3 2018 12:01AM
Some Key Founders of the International Human Rights Movement Were Also Zionists

Some Key Founders of the International Human Rights Movement Were Also Zionists

Like Zionism, the global human rights movement was the product of Jews motivated by the need to find a refuge for their beleaguered people.

May 2 2018 12:01AM
The Unique Architecture of Jewish India

The Unique Architecture of Jewish India

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.

April 26 2018 12:01AM
How and Why Jews Hebraized Their Family Names at the Founding of Israel

How and Why Jews Hebraized Their Family Names at the Founding of Israel

“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.”

April 25 2018 12:01AM
A Look at Some of the Most Striking Haggadahs Ever Produced

A Look at Some of the Most Striking Haggadahs Ever Produced

A sumptuous new book collects 100 examples of decorated and illuminated haggadahs from across Europe, Israel, America, and beyond.

April 19 2018 12:01AM
How BDS Is Undermining Academic Freedom

How BDS Is Undermining Academic Freedom

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.

April 18 2018 12:01AM
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, We Should Also Recall Those Who Destroyed the Nazi Regime

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, We Should Also Recall Those Who Destroyed the Nazi Regime

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.

April 12 2018 12:01AM
Has the English Translation of "Pharaoh's Heart Was Hardened" Been Wrong All Along?

Has the English Translation of "Pharaoh's Heart Was Hardened" Been Wrong All Along?

Figuring out the right way to characterize Pharaoh’s heart.

April 11 2018 12:01AM
The Buried, Raging Sermons of the Warsaw Ghetto Rabbi

The Buried, Raging Sermons of the Warsaw Ghetto Rabbi

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.

April 5 2018 12:01AM
The Happiest Psalm of Them All

The Happiest Psalm of Them All

In a biblical book many of whose poems express anxiety and apprehension, Psalm 104 is a confident and joyous singalong.

April 4 2018 12:01AM