History & Ideas

The editor of the great Jewish magazine joins us to talk about its illustrious history.

Oct. 30 2020 12:01AM

In the face of great challenges, I’ve seen many of them lit up by a sense of moral purpose and historical duty.

Oct. 26 2020 12:01AM

Some paleolinguists have floated the idea of an original human language they call “Proto-Sapiens.” Is that what our ancestors were speaking when they built the Tower of Babel?

Oct. 21 2020 12:01AM

The belief that we can manifest good wishes and look inwards to find God has a long history in the United States. Its influence has left many of the nation’s Jews deluded.

Oct. 13 2020 12:01AM

The possibility of another contentious confirmation hearing recalls the first the Senate ever held, which just happened to be for the first Jewish justice to sit on the court.

Oct. 6 2020 12:01AM

In Israel and in traditional communities, life and liturgy don’t run away from hardship. Most American Jews prefer to think on the brighter side, but that comes at a high cost.

Oct. 5 2020 1:33AM

The two giants of Jewish literature come together for a wide-ranging discussion centered around his new book on the seminal Hebrew writers of modernity.

Sept. 10 2020 12:35AM

The Israeli historian joins us to talk about his partnership with Sharansky, what he calls the Sovietization of American culture, and much more.

Sept. 4 2020 12:01AM

A distinguished historian of the American founding sees religion as a matter of individual belief rather than communal obligation.

Sept. 3 2020 1:30AM

Even though the author tries to downplay it, a new book shows how deeply rooted anti-Semitism was in Soviet ideology.

Aug. 25 2020 12:01AM

Whether it’s Judeo-Arabic, or Judeo-Italian, or Judeo-Spanish, or the Judeo-German better known as Yiddish, they all mix in varying amounts of Hebrew.

Aug. 18 2020 12:15AM

Medieval Spain produced many Jewish geniuses. The poet and philosopher Solomon Ibn Gabirol, born 1000 years ago, wrote poetry that is still sung in synagogues all over the world.

Aug. 11 2020 12:01AM

That’s the contention of a new book by a major historian of ancient Judaism. It deserves serious attention, but it also overstates its case.

Aug. 4 2020 12:08AM

Christian Renaissance paintings of the Temple are the visual record of a theology that had devastating consequences in the lives of Jews from antiquity to the Middle Ages and beyond.

July 31 2020 12:15AM