Were Ancient Rabbis as Focused on Bible Interpretation as We Think They Were?

March 19 2019

The term midrash refers, loosely, to the style of exegesis practiced by the rabbis of the 1st through 8th centuries CE, a genre that often involves straying far outside the plain or literal meaning of the text. In The Origins of Midrash, Paul Mandel presents a novel theory of how midrash developed and suggests that interpreting the Bible was not the priority of the early talmudic sages. Yitz Landes writes in his review:

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More about: Judaism, Midrash, Religion & Holidays, Talmud

Better to Undermine Iran’s Nuclear Program Than to Conclude Another Bad Deal

July 14 2020

Last Friday, yet another mysterious explosion rocked a military site in the Islamic Republic, in what seems to be a coordinated attempt to sabotage Iranian nuclear ambitions—although there remains a possibility that these incidents could be accidental, and related only by coincidence. For their part, the ayatollahs have blamed Israel, and not unreasonably. Eli Lake comments on what this all means for the future of American attempts to limit the Iranian nuclear program:

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More about: Iran, Iran nuclear program, Israeli Security, U.S. Foreign policy