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What Kind of God Is the God of the Jews?

What Kind of God Is the God of the Jews?

For thousands of years both friends and enemies of Judaism have labeled it a religion of deed rather than creed, of law rather than faith. A new book firmly and fervently disagrees.

Nov. 6 2019 12:01AM
What "The Farewell" Has to Say About Western Involvement with China

What "The Farewell" Has to Say About Western Involvement with China

In a season of mass protests in Hong Kong and a fierce dustup with the NBA, the acclaimed new Chinese-American film is (almost) silent on the costs of engaging with authoritarianism.

Nov. 5 2019 12:27AM
Podcast: The Philosopher Who Reads the Talmud

Podcast: The Philosopher Who Reads the Talmud

Jacob Howland drops by our studio to talk about the ways in which Greek thought can illuminate the Talmud—and vice-versa.

Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic and Jacob Howland
Nov. 1 2019 12:01AM
The Balfour Declaration and the Jewish Threat that Made Britain Honor It

The Balfour Declaration and the Jewish Threat that Made Britain Honor It

How Zionist leaders held Britain to its promise of a Jewish national home.

Oct. 31 2019 12:01AM
God's American Israel

God's American Israel

As two new books show, the influence of the Hebrew Bible (and of biblical models) on the founding generations of Americans was as vast as the new country they were trying to create.

Oct. 30 2019 12:01AM
Netflix's "The Spy" Manages to Convey the Ethnic Irony at the Heart of Eli Cohen's Life

Netflix's "The Spy" Manages to Convey the Ethnic Irony at the Heart of Eli Cohen's Life

In 1960s Israel, Arabic-speaking Jews were invaluable as spies for their new country. In normal life, they were marginalized.

Oct. 29 2019 12:01AM
Podcast: Dru Johnson, Jonathan Silver, and Robert Nicholson on the New Center for Hebraic Thought

Podcast: Dru Johnson, Jonathan Silver, and Robert Nicholson on the New Center for Hebraic Thought

On the opening of a new academic institution devoted to study of the Hebrew Bible for its moral and political wisdom.

Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic, Dru Johnson, Jonathan Silver and Robert Nicholson
Oct. 25 2019 12:01AM
How Cappuccino Got Its Name, and What It Has To Do with the Coat Worn by Ultra-Orthodox Jews
Oct. 24 2019 12:01AM
God, Moses, and the Mystery of the Missing Kiss

God, Moses, and the Mystery of the Missing Kiss

Why, in all of Jewish art, is there no image depicting the moment of Moses’ death?

Oct. 18 2019 12:30AM
Podcast: Thomas Karako on Israel and America's Missile-Defense Partnership

Podcast: Thomas Karako on Israel and America's Missile-Defense Partnership

The national-security expert tells us how an Israeli interceptor ended up launching from Alaska.

Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic and Thomas Karako
Oct. 17 2019 12:01AM
A Radical 18th-Century Jewish Philosopher and His Misbegotten Quest for Total Truth

A Radical 18th-Century Jewish Philosopher and His Misbegotten Quest for Total Truth

Solomon Maimon abandoned his wife and children in search of intellectual perfection, thereby entirely missing the point.

Oct. 11 2019 12:01AM
How Jews Solved the "Design Problem" of Gesturing to the Prohibited Name of God Without Actually Writing It

How Jews Solved the "Design Problem" of Gesturing to the Prohibited Name of God Without Actually Writing It

The story of the three yods and other religious and aesthetic innovations.

Oct. 10 2019 12:01AM
The Upside-Down, Perfectionist Prophecy of Jonah

The Upside-Down, Perfectionist Prophecy of Jonah

Jonah is the anti-Moses: a prophet who wants to persuade the Lord that some people are that bad and should be made to pay for their sins.

Oct. 8 2019 12:01AM
Podcast: David Bashevkin on the Creation of Sin

Podcast: David Bashevkin on the Creation of Sin

The rabbi and author of Sin-a-gogue: Sin and Failure in Jewish Thought drops by our studio for a conversation about the nature and origins of sin.

Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic and David Bashevkin
Oct. 4 2019 12:01AM