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What Jewish Children's Books Look Like in 2020

What Jewish Children's Books Look Like in 2020

Over the last 30 years, books for young Jews have dropped religious and national identity and become obsessed with the Holocaust. Can they be put on a better track?

May 27 2020 12:01AM
Menachem Begin's Covenantal Zionism

Menachem Begin's Covenantal Zionism

What Begin’s 1972 elegy for the diaspora reveals about a worldview unique among Israel’s founders.

May 22 2020 12:01AM
How "Anti-Semitism" Replaced "Jew-Hatred" and Why It Shouldn't Have

How "Anti-Semitism" Replaced "Jew-Hatred" and Why It Shouldn't Have

Looking back from the 21st century on an etymological decision from the 19th century, let us utter an “alas.”

May 20 2020 12:04AM
The Missing Miracles of Marc Klionsky

The Missing Miracles of Marc Klionsky

Born in the Soviet Union, the painter took on everything and everybody from Dizzy Gillespie to New York street life to the Holocaust. When will he get his full due?

May 19 2020 12:01AM
Podcast: Leon Kass on the Formation of the People of Israel

Podcast: Leon Kass on the Formation of the People of Israel

The author of our April essay joins us to talk about how to read the book of Exodus, how the Israelites became a people, and plenty more.

May 15 2020 12:01AM
“We Were All Born in Jerusalem”: A Never-Before-Translated Speech by Menachem Begin

“We Were All Born in Jerusalem”: A Never-Before-Translated Speech by Menachem Begin

What the future prime minister of Israel had to say about his past and present homelands.

May 14 2020 12:14AM
The Soul of Man Under Iranian Repression

The Soul of Man Under Iranian Repression

Only after fleeing Iran have I been able to perceive my home clearly, and what disturbs me the most are not the political or economic issues there but the social and sexual ones.

May 13 2020 12:27AM
Podcast: Einat Wilf on the Persistence of the Palestinian Refugee Problem

Podcast: Einat Wilf on the Persistence of the Palestinian Refugee Problem

The former Israeli Knesset member joins us to talk about her new book on the Western indulgence that fuels delusions about the right of return.

May 7 2020 12:06AM
The Truth about the Controversial New Translation of the Bible

The Truth about the Controversial New Translation of the Bible

Even though it takes liberties rendering the original text, a new Danish Bible breaks from anti-Semitic Christian replacement theology in a far clearer way than ever before.

May 6 2020 12:01AM
The Mystery of Maimonides' Puzzling Name

The Mystery of Maimonides' Puzzling Name

Why would the most famous Jewish philosopher of all not have a Jewish name? Or did he?

May 5 2020 12:42AM
Podcast: Matti Friedman on the Last Gasp of the Israeli Left

Podcast: Matti Friedman on the Last Gasp of the Israeli Left

Israel’s Labor Party—the political organization that erected the governing structures of the country—has now been reduced to a mere three seats in the Knesset. What happened?

April 30 2020 12:01AM
The Real Reason 14th-Century Italian Jews Put a Pig in Their Haggadah

The Real Reason 14th-Century Italian Jews Put a Pig in Their Haggadah

It’s not that they were exceptionally sophisticated or tolerant, as one popular recent article would have it—it’s that they lived surrounded by people who raised pigs.

April 28 2020 12:36AM
Podcast: Yehoshua Pfeffer on the Response of Ultra-Orthodox Jews to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Podcast: Yehoshua Pfeffer on the Response of Ultra-Orthodox Jews to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Ultra-Orthodox Jews have been one of the hardest-hit groups in Israel and elsewhere. Why?

April 23 2020 12:01AM
"We Made It Past Pharaoh" Is the Israeli Version of "Keep Calm and Carry On"

"We Made It Past Pharaoh" Is the Israeli Version of "Keep Calm and Carry On"

A look at the morale-raising expression of choice in today’s Jewish state.

April 22 2020 12:01AM