“In heaven there will be no law,” an American legal giant once wrote. For Jews, it’s exactly the opposite.
In his rendering of the banishment of Ishmael, the Torah reading for Rosh Hashanah, Rembrandt reminds us of the bond between Jews and humanity at large.
Despite everything that has changed, today’s internal Jewish divisions eerily echo those from exactly a century ago.
At least one of them might stem from the days when Jews ululated.
We were invited to join in the school’s prayers and hymns, but our grateful acquiescence also implied there was something illicit or shameful about our Jewishness.
The question sounds absurd, but anti-circumcision activists are winning legal and policy victories—and overturning the definition of freedom of religion in the process.
Is a biblical commandment against taking a mother bird with her young intended to teach mercy, or is it about something else?
For Judaism, the outward life of religious behavior comes first.
With the long-overdue translation into English of his final book, neglect of the Vilna-born Jewish author is starting to lift.
The mystery of Zipporah’s pout.
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.
And come to differing conclusions about the obligations of collective living.
A new book shows the harm that ensues when religion morphs into social-justice activism.
Philologos is quite certain the words of the prayer are in German, not Yiddish. But beyond that?