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Whose Rights Did Israel Recognize in 1948?

Whose Rights Did Israel Recognize in 1948?

In all but one of the instances in which “rights” appear in the Israeli declaration, they refer to a collective right, not an individual one.

Sept. 23 2021 12:01AM
What the 9/11 Memorials Missed, and What They Revealed

What the 9/11 Memorials Missed, and What They Revealed

The victims were targeted as Americans. Why hasn’t that blunt and inescapable fact been placed at the center of our account twenty years later?

Sept. 20 2021 12:01AM
The Jewish Nucleus of the Second World War's Atomic Drama

The Jewish Nucleus of the Second World War's Atomic Drama

How a group of Jewish physicists helped the United States beat Nazi Germany in the race for nuclear weapons.

Sept. 17 2021 12:01AM
The Mystery Tucked Inside a Powerful High Holy Day Prayer

The Mystery Tucked Inside a Powerful High Holy Day Prayer

Apart from Kol Nidrei, no High Holy Day prayer is better known than Un’taneh Tokef. But there’s a puzzle at its heart.

Sept. 14 2021 12:01AM
Yeshayahu Leibowitz Wears a Kippah: A Story of 1967

Yeshayahu Leibowitz Wears a Kippah: A Story of 1967

The philosopher in black turtleneck, black trousers, black shoes, and black yarmulke pacing the stage with a microphone skinning the Jews alive.

Sept. 10 2021 12:01AM
The Crackpot Ideas of Yiddish Fiction's Most Improbable Scenarios Become Real

The Crackpot Ideas of Yiddish Fiction's Most Improbable Scenarios Become Real

S. Ansky’s radical yeshiva boys used to seem unreal. But observing today’s political scene has taught me to understand them.

Sept. 9 2021 12:01AM
Podcast: Dara Horn on Why People Love Dead Jews

Podcast: Dara Horn on Why People Love Dead Jews

The author of an attention-grabbing new book explores the world’s fascination with dead Jews and its indifference to living ones.

Sept. 2 2021 12:01AM
Does Day Follow Night, or Night Follow Day?

Does Day Follow Night, or Night Follow Day?

God’s first creative proclamation was “Let there be light,” so it might seem that the day came first. But then why does the Bible say that “it was evening and it was morning?”

Sept. 1 2021 12:40AM
Podcast: Elliot Kaufman on the Crown Heights Riot, 30 Years Later

Podcast: Elliot Kaufman on the Crown Heights Riot, 30 Years Later

Thirty years ago, Jews were violently attacked over three days in Brooklyn. This week’s podcast revisits what happened, and whether it could recur.

Aug. 26 2021 12:01AM
Can Algorithms Satisfy the Human Need for Ritual?

Can Algorithms Satisfy the Human Need for Ritual?

The Startup Wife, a buzzy new novel, has been hailed as a serious exploration of modern spirituality. All it explores is a tech-fantasy of hyper-individualism and personal fulfillment.

Aug. 24 2021 12:01AM
What the Future Holds for Modern Orthodox Judaism: A Conversation

What the Future Holds for Modern Orthodox Judaism: A Conversation

A video of a discussion earlier this month with the Mosaic columnist Eli Spitzer and Sarah Rindner about the former’s attention-grabbing argument about Modern Orthodox Judaism.

Aug. 23 2021 12:01AM
Podcast: Allan Arkush on Ahad Ha'am and "The Jewish State and Jewish Problem" (Rebroadcast)

Podcast: Allan Arkush on Ahad Ha'am and "The Jewish State and Jewish Problem" (Rebroadcast)

In 1897, the great Zionist writer Aḥad Ha’am argued that Jewish culture, not politics, was the best avenue to bring about a new Jewish state. This week’s podcast revisits his important ideas.

Aug. 20 2021 12:01AM
It's Not "Gaslighting" to Say that American Jews Are Moving Away from Israel

It's Not "Gaslighting" to Say that American Jews Are Moving Away from Israel

The trend is disturbing, no doubt. But owning up to it is better than staying in your own comforting reality.

Aug. 19 2021 12:01AM
All Diversities But One: Why American Universities Put Religion Aside

All Diversities But One: Why American Universities Put Religion Aside

Diversity has become a prime goal in the world of higher education. How did religious diversity get left out of the mix?

Aug. 18 2021 12:01AM