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Podcast: Abraham Socher on His Life in Jewish Letters and the Liberal Arts

Podcast: Abraham Socher on His Life in Jewish Letters and the Liberal Arts

The founding editor of the Jewish Review Books joins us to discuss his educational formation, his intellectual preoccupations, and the essays that make up his new book.

April 21 2022 12:01AM
Why English-Speaking Jews Call It "Passover" Rather Than "Pesah"

Why English-Speaking Jews Call It "Passover" Rather Than "Pesah"

One never hears Jews speak among themselves of Sukkot as the holiday of Booths, or of Rosh Hashanah as New Year’s Day. Why the difference?

April 20 2022 12:01AM
Isaac Babel's Odessa Tricksters

Isaac Babel's Odessa Tricksters

The great Jewish writer evoked a city—now under threat from Russia’s armies—with a character of its own that has entered into folklore, literature, and the popular imagination.

April 18 2022 12:01AM
Podcast: Yuval Levin on Exodus and Freedom

Podcast: Yuval Levin on Exodus and Freedom

As the Jewish people begins to celebrate Passover, a political philosopher asks how Exodus can clear up the ways that the left and right misunderstand what it takes to be free.

April 15 2022 12:01AM
Homeric and Biblical Nobodies

Homeric and Biblical Nobodies

Why, in the Hebrew Bible and the Odyssey alike, does the overweening human ambition to become somebody end in lowly banishment and dispersion?

April 13 2022 12:01AM
A Mysterious Erasure in a 700-Year-Old Manuscript of the Hebrew Bible

A Mysterious Erasure in a 700-Year-Old Manuscript of the Hebrew Bible

One recent Saturday morning, I was following the Torah portion from a late-13th-century manuscript and noticed some strange faded text and stress lines. What did they mean?

April 11 2022 12:01AM
Podcast: Ilana Horwitz on Educational Performance and Religion

Podcast: Ilana Horwitz on Educational Performance and Religion

A new book finds that religious children do better in school than their nonreligious counterparts. The author joins us to explain why.

April 8 2022 12:01AM
Eric Zemmour Has a Vision for French Jews. Will They Follow It?

Eric Zemmour Has a Vision for French Jews. Will They Follow It?

The controversial French politician is an observant Jew who disdains Zionism and extols the “unequalled splendor” of France’s Catholic heritage. What’s he up to?

April 7 2022 12:01AM
The Connection Between a Just-Discovered Ancient Hebrew Inscription and Modern Yiddish

The Connection Between a Just-Discovered Ancient Hebrew Inscription and Modern Yiddish

“An earthquake in biblical scholarship” is how the discovery has been described. That’s true, as are the connections it reveals between ancient languages and modern ones.

April 6 2022 12:01AM
Podcast: David Friedman on What He Learned as U.S. Ambassador to Israel

Podcast: David Friedman on What He Learned as U.S. Ambassador to Israel

The former U.S. ambassador to Israel joins the podcast to reflect on his tenure and to provide an inside look at some of the most consequential American policies toward Israel in decades.

David Friedman and Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic
April 1 2022 12:01AM
Orthodoxy's Cancel Culture

Orthodoxy's Cancel Culture

The recent decision to stop selling the books of a disgraced Orthodox children’s author reflects a pre-liberal sensibility worth recovering.

March 31 2022 1:06AM
Answering Israel's Ukraine Critics

Answering Israel's Ukraine Critics

Indignation at Israel’s response to Russia’s invasion has intensified while becoming ever more untethered from the facts.

March 28 2022 12:01AM
Podcast: Andy Smarick on What the Government Can and Can’t Do to Help American Families

Podcast: Andy Smarick on What the Government Can and Can’t Do to Help American Families

There’s been a flurry of new ideas to help American families. This week’s podcast guest explores the problem they’re trying to solve, and whether any of them can actually work.

March 24 2022 12:01AM
How Chelm Became the Jewish Town of Fools

How Chelm Became the Jewish Town of Fools

Why was a random Polish shtetl singled out in the 19th century to become the home of fools in dozens of Jewish fables?

March 23 2022 12:01AM