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A Look at Some of the Most Striking Haggadahs Ever Produced

A Look at Some of the Most Striking Haggadahs Ever Produced

A sumptuous new book collects 100 examples of decorated and illuminated haggadahs from across Europe, Israel, America, and beyond.

April 19 2018 12:01AM
How BDS Is Undermining Academic Freedom

How BDS Is Undermining Academic Freedom

In pursuit of openly political ends, some professors risk destroying the principles and safeguards that for over a century have protected the freedom of their colleagues.

April 18 2018 12:01AM
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, We Should Also Recall Those Who Destroyed the Nazi Regime

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, We Should Also Recall Those Who Destroyed the Nazi Regime

Limiting observance to expressions of grief and mourning, failing to take account of the valor that defeated Hitler, is untrue to the full meaning of the day.

April 12 2018 12:01AM
Has the English Translation of "Pharaoh's Heart Was Hardened" Been Wrong All Along?

Has the English Translation of "Pharaoh's Heart Was Hardened" Been Wrong All Along?

Figuring out the right way to characterize Pharaoh’s heart.

April 11 2018 12:01AM
The Buried, Raging Sermons of the Warsaw Ghetto Rabbi

The Buried, Raging Sermons of the Warsaw Ghetto Rabbi

Sermons from the Years of Rage, 1939-1942, hidden during the war and now released in a new edition, is a rabbinic work unlike any since the destruction of the First Temple.

April 5 2018 12:01AM
The Happiest Psalm of Them All

The Happiest Psalm of Them All

In a biblical book many of whose poems express anxiety and apprehension, Psalm 104 is a confident and joyous singalong.

April 4 2018 12:01AM
Self-Portrait of a Zionist Statesman and Thinker

Self-Portrait of a Zionist Statesman and Thinker

As his new memoir brings home, Moshe Arens is one of the most accomplished, articulate, and clear-eyed figures in Israel’s history. What a pity that his best ideas were often thwarted.

March 28 2018 12:01AM
The Daring Strugatsky Brothers, Practitioners of Outwardly Soviet, Covertly Jewish Science Fiction

The Daring Strugatsky Brothers, Practitioners of Outwardly Soviet, Covertly Jewish Science Fiction

Deified by their Soviet readers, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky are beginning to find increasing numbers of readers in America.

March 22 2018 12:01AM
The Yiddish–Dutch–German "Smallpox" Exchange

The Yiddish–Dutch–German "Smallpox" Exchange

Which language was patient zero for the old expression, “We’ve been smallpoxed and measled”?

March 21 2018 12:01AM
How to Confront a Crisis of Cultural Confidence

How to Confront a Crisis of Cultural Confidence

In his new book, Leon Kass shows Americans how to honor the benefits of liberal democracy, including individual freedom and human equality, while recognizing their high costs.

March 15 2018 12:01AM
The Unprecedented Bible Portraits of Francisco de Zurbarán

The Unprecedented Bible Portraits of Francisco de Zurbarán

In his paintings of Jacob and his twelve sons, the 17th-century Spanish master humanizes his subjects, rendering them approachable and individual rather than remote and ethereal.

March 14 2018 12:01AM
My Early Life with Arabic

My Early Life with Arabic

We were the descendants of Isaac. The Arabs, descendants of Ishmael, were therefore not only our neighbors but also our family members, our cousins.

March 8 2018 12:01AM
How True is "The Crown" on the Suez Cover-Up?

How True is "The Crown" on the Suez Cover-Up?

In the hit showQueen Elizabeth II puts the British prime minister in check for his secret plan to attack Egypt. In real life, he was checkmated by David Ben-Gurion.

March 1 2018 12:01AM