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Science, Faith, and the Microbiologist Who Became the Patriarch of a Family of Committed Hasidim
Feb. 28 2018 12:01AM
What's with the Talk about an Aliyah of the Soul?

What's with the Talk about an Aliyah of the Soul?

A strange new case of linguistic evolution.

Feb. 21 2018 12:01AM
The Self-Actualizing Zionism of A.D. Gordon

The Self-Actualizing Zionism of A.D. Gordon

How a philosopher who had never before engaged in hard physical work moved to Palestine, became an ascetic day laborer, and inspired a movement.

Feb. 15 2018 12:30AM
The Auto-Anti-Semitism of Yosef Hayyim Brenner

The Auto-Anti-Semitism of Yosef Hayyim Brenner

Why is the writing of this great modern Hebrew novelist so dark and anguished, and why does so much of it take such a ferociously negative view of Jews?

Feb. 14 2018 12:01AM
How Religious Belief Can Play a Role in Politics

How Religious Belief Can Play a Role in Politics

A noted philosopher’s critique of one of liberalism’s most treasured theories clears room for a conception of politics informed by Judaism.

Feb. 8 2018 12:01AM
No, the Mysterious Voynich Manuscript Is Not Written in Hebrew

No, the Mysterious Voynich Manuscript Is Not Written in Hebrew

Despite the silly claims of two computer scientists.

Feb. 7 2018 12:01AM
The Problem with the Tablets

The Problem with the Tablets

The Cecil B. DeMille version of the revelation at Sinai, in which Moses ascends the mountain on his own and returns bearing tablets, misses key aspects of the Israelites’ experience.

Feb. 1 2018 12:01AM
Nicole Krauss's New Novel Plants a Forest. It Fails to Thrive.

Nicole Krauss's New Novel Plants a Forest. It Fails to Thrive.

Forest Dark is dazzling and promises insight into, among other things, contemporary Israel, but in the end it doesn’t deliver.

Jan. 31 2018 12:01AM
Swearing in Time and Place

Swearing in Time and Place

In Hebrew, Arabic, English, German, or any other language, taboo words are curious things.

Jan. 24 2018 12:01AM
David Ben-Gurion's 1940 Mission to Rouse the Fighting Spirit of American Jews

David Ben-Gurion's 1940 Mission to Rouse the Fighting Spirit of American Jews

As millions of Jews fell under the Nazi yoke, Zionism’s foremost leader came to America with one goal. He didn’t achieve it.

Jan. 17 2018 12:01AM
How Evil Became Personified

How Evil Became Personified

The story of the biblical word b’liya’al.

Jan. 11 2018 12:47AM
The Other Other L. Strauss

The Other Other L. Strauss

Meet Lewis (not Levi, and not Leo) Strauss, the now-forgotten American Jew who helped German Jews escape the Nazis, played a key role in developing nuclear weapons, and more.

Jan. 10 2018 12:01AM
Joseph vs. Moses: A Comparison

Joseph vs. Moses: A Comparison

One engages in dialogue with his fellow Jews, and one engages in a dialogue with God. What’s the meaning of the difference?

Jan. 4 2018 12:01AM
The Fantasy of an International Jerusalem

The Fantasy of an International Jerusalem

One-hundred years ago, over a lunch, the internationalization of Jerusalem became irrelevant—and it remains so.

Dec. 28 2017 12:01AM