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No Apologies: How to Respond to Slander of Israel and Jews

No Apologies: How to Respond to Slander of Israel and Jews

Cease assuming the posture of defendants, the great Zionist leader Vladimir Jabotinsky urged his fellow Jews in 1911; we have nothing to apologize for.

Nov. 28 2016 12:01AM
Language Evolves, but Kinship Words Like "Uncle" and "Grandchild" are Surprisingly Durable

Language Evolves, but Kinship Words Like "Uncle" and "Grandchild" are Surprisingly Durable

Why certain terms having to do with the basics of life are less prone to linguistic change than others.

Nov. 23 2016 12:01AM
The Murder-Ballad of Abraham and Isaac

The Murder-Ballad of Abraham and Isaac

Can you imagine the person who bathed you and put you to bed at night tying you up one day and holding a knife to your throat?

Nov. 17 2016 12:01AM
Why Are Jewish Children's Books so Bad?

Why Are Jewish Children's Books so Bad?

Year after year, most of what gets served up to young Jewish readers is poorly conceived, substantively shallow, and reeking of chicken-soup nostalgia.

Nov. 16 2016 12:01AM
The British Left's Jewish Problem

The British Left's Jewish Problem

How anti-Zionism, and something worse, has been brought into the mainstream of the British Labor party—and seems to be there to stay.

Nov. 10 2016 12:01AM
How a Hebrew Word Made Its Way into the Speech of a Remote Italian Village

How a Hebrew Word Made Its Way into the Speech of a Remote Italian Village

Why are my friend’s Italian neighbors calling a house a bayta?

Nov. 9 2016 12:01AM
The Story of Obama's Ransom Payment to Iran Gets Worse

The Story of Obama's Ransom Payment to Iran Gets Worse

America paid Iran $1.7 billion in cash—funds that by law were not to be released unless and until Iran paid what it owed to American victims of its terrorism.

Nov. 1 2016 12:01AM
The Origins of the Precept "Whoever Saves a Life Saves the World"

The Origins of the Precept "Whoever Saves a Life Saves the World"

And what they tell us about particularism and universalism in Jewish tradition.

Oct. 31 2016 12:01AM
Five Puzzles Arising from the Story of Adam and Eve

Five Puzzles Arising from the Story of Adam and Eve

And how the solutions help explain the fundamental human condition.

Oct. 27 2016 12:01AM
The Siddur Is a Battlefield

The Siddur Is a Battlefield

The ancient priesthood, the Pharisees, the kabbalists, the Ḥasidim—each of these and more have made a stand in the prayer book for what they think Judaism should be.

Oct. 20 2016 12:01AM
Ike vs. Obama in the Middle East

Ike vs. Obama in the Middle East

One of them learned from his mistakes, re-examined his fundamental assumptions, and changed course as necessary.

Oct. 11 2016 12:01AM
How France's Failure to Confront Anti-Semitism Led to Its Failure to Stop Terrorism

How France's Failure to Confront Anti-Semitism Led to Its Failure to Stop Terrorism

Allegedly there is no anti-Semitism in France—only Jewish “communalism.”

Oct. 6 2016 12:01AM
How Jewish Leap Years Came to Be Calculated

How Jewish Leap Years Came to Be Calculated

The method, developed by the Babylonians and kept alive by medieval Jews, is known in Hebrew as the “secret of impregnation.”

Sept. 28 2016 12:01AM