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Was the Balfour Declaration a Colonial Document?

Was the Balfour Declaration a Colonial Document?

So goes the accusation. But the public commitment Britain made to the Jews in Palestine is very different from the Sykes-Picot accord and other secret “treaties” carving up native lands.

Oct. 28 2020 12:01AM
Chava Rosenfarb's Memory of the Holocaust Was Formed in the Abyss and Redeemed by Writing

Chava Rosenfarb's Memory of the Holocaust Was Formed in the Abyss and Redeemed by Writing

From her new life in Montreal, the Yiddish writer created out of the degradation she had experienced a forceful body of work that calls out to be rediscovered.

Oct. 27 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: Yossi Klein Halevi on Jabotinsky 140 Years Later

Podcast: Yossi Klein Halevi on Jabotinsky 140 Years Later

The Israeli writer and thinker joins us to discuss Jabotinsky’s Zionism and why “The Iron Wall” still matters today.

Oct. 22 2020 12:04AM
Do All Human Languages Derive From A Single Source?

Do All Human Languages Derive From A Single Source?

Some paleolinguists have floated the idea of an original human language they call “Proto-Sapiens.” Is that what our ancestors were speaking when they built the Tower of Babel?

Oct. 21 2020 12:01AM
The Passion of Colum McCann

The Passion of Colum McCann

The highly acclaimed Apeirogon, a recent novel about the Israel-Palestinian conflict, has a lot more to say about Jews and Israel than anybody has picked up on—none of it good.

Oct. 20 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: Michael McConnell on the Free Exercise of Religion in America

Podcast: Michael McConnell on the Free Exercise of Religion in America

A leading constitutional scholar joins Mosaic’s editor for a discussion on the history of religious liberty in the United States and the legal debate surrounding the free-exercise clause.

Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic and Michael McConnell
Oct. 15 2020 12:01AM
Jewish Treasures from Oxford's Archives, and Their Intrepid Collectors

Jewish Treasures from Oxford's Archives, and Their Intrepid Collectors

A spectacularly illustrated new book charts the contents of one of the world’s most valuable libraries of Jewish books, and pays tribute to the obsessives who tracked them all down.

Oct. 14 2020 12:01AM
American Judaism's Old Dinosaurs Roar Again

American Judaism's Old Dinosaurs Roar Again

After being written off for years as slow and outmoded, Jewish federations and other large institutions are proving themselves indispensable in their response to COVID-19.

Oct. 12 2020 12:23AM
Podcast: Ruth Wisse on the Five Books Every Jew Should Read in Lockdown

Podcast: Ruth Wisse on the Five Books Every Jew Should Read in Lockdown

The master of Jewish letters on what to do if you’re sick of baking bread and reorganizing your closet.

Oct. 9 2020 12:01AM
How Israel Got Its Energy Groove Back

How Israel Got Its Energy Groove Back

Just a few years ago, Israel’s massive natural-gas fields were caught up in endless infighting. Now, thanks in part to the UAE deal, they’re about to transform the region’s economy.

Oct. 8 2020 12:01AM
Jewish Holiday Greetings Don't Make Much Sense

Jewish Holiday Greetings Don't Make Much Sense

On the overuse of ḥag same’aḥ and the redundancy of gut yuntif.
Oct. 7 2020 12:01AM
What the First Senate Hearing for a Supreme Court Nominee Shows about Today's Confirmation Process

What the First Senate Hearing for a Supreme Court Nominee Shows about Today's Confirmation Process

The possibility of another contentious confirmation hearing recalls the first the Senate ever held, which just happened to be for the first Jewish justice to sit on the court.

Oct. 6 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: Dan Senor with an Update on Israel's Economy in 2020

Podcast: Dan Senor with an Update on Israel's Economy in 2020

The co-author of Start-Up Nation joins us to look at the damage the Israeli economy has taken this year and how it can be repaired.

Oct. 2 2020 12:04AM
Sudan Hints Yes to Israel, Then It Says No, Then It Says Soon

Sudan Hints Yes to Israel, Then It Says No, Then It Says Soon

Will Sudan become the third member of the Arab League this year to normalize ties with Israel? Rumors and mixed messages abound. Here’s what we know.

Oct. 2 2020 12:01AM