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Why There's No Word in the Hebrew Bible for "Spirituality"

Why There's No Word in the Hebrew Bible for "Spirituality"

For Judaism, the outward life of religious behavior comes first.

Aug. 22 2018 12:01AM
The Return of Romain Gary, Novelist, Diplomat, War Hero, Prankster

The Return of Romain Gary, Novelist, Diplomat, War Hero, Prankster

With the long-overdue translation into English of his final book, neglect of the Vilna-born Jewish author is starting to lift.

Aug. 15 2018 12:01AM
Israeli Arabs Are Speaking More Hebrew, and That's a Good Thing

Israeli Arabs Are Speaking More Hebrew, and That's a Good Thing

A country of Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Druze all speaking Hebrew as their native tongue? For anyone genuinely interested in Israel’s welfare, it would be a dream come true.

Aug. 8 2018 12:01AM
Responsibility; or, My Brother and I (and Leonard Cohen) Go to Summer Camp

Responsibility; or, My Brother and I (and Leonard Cohen) Go to Summer Camp

And come to differing conclusions about the obligations of collective living.

Aug. 2 2018 12:01AM
How American Jews Came to Believe That Tikkun Olam Was at the Core of Their Tradition

How American Jews Came to Believe That Tikkun Olam Was at the Core of Their Tradition

A new book shows the harm that ensues when religion morphs into social-justice activism.

Aug. 1 2018 12:01AM
Help: My Husband Passed Away, and I Want to Reconstruct the Bedtime Prayer He Taught our Children

Help: My Husband Passed Away, and I Want to Reconstruct the Bedtime Prayer He Taught our Children

Philologos is quite certain the words of the prayer are in German, not Yiddish. But beyond that?

July 25 2018 12:01AM
The Prophet Whose Glorious Words Permeate Jewish Consciousness

The Prophet Whose Glorious Words Permeate Jewish Consciousness

Isaiah’s unforgettable language serves much the same role in spoken Hebrew that Shakespeare’s does in English.

July 18 2018 12:01AM
Do We Take Pleasure, or Do We Scoop It Up?

Do We Take Pleasure, or Do We Scoop It Up?

The hidden roots of the Yiddish-American expression “to shep nakhes.

July 11 2018 12:01AM
The Vital Energies, Especially Musical, of Israel's Desert Towns

The Vital Energies, Especially Musical, of Israel's Desert Towns

A letter from the “development town” of Ofakim, where Jews from North Africa are helping to forge a new Israeli culture.

July 5 2018 12:01AM
A First Draft of the Life of Benjamin Netanyahu

A First Draft of the Life of Benjamin Netanyahu

A new biography compels the thought that the prime minister’s alienation from opinions held dear by the Israeli elite—and by his biographer—has been one of the secrets of his success.

July 2 2018 12:01AM
Rembrandt and the One Gentile Prophet in the Hebrew Bible

Rembrandt and the One Gentile Prophet in the Hebrew Bible

How does the great painter render the tale of Balaam and the ass?

June 28 2018 12:01AM
The Real Zionist Planters' Society in James Joyce's "Ulysses"

The Real Zionist Planters' Society in James Joyce's "Ulysses"

The curious case of Agendath Netaim, which the half-Jewish Leopold Bloom spends a whole day considering.

June 27 2018 12:01AM