History & Ideas

A rabbi and Bible scholar joins us to talk about his trips to biblical Egypt, and about the role of Egypt in the Jewish imagination.

Jan. 27 2023 12:01AM

Hebrew was once written in both directions. How did it fix its direction, and what does that show about the history of writing in general?

Jan. 18 2023 12:01AM

For the first time, a whole sentence in ancient Canaanite has been found. Only six words long, it brings us many words closer to the age of the Patriarchs.

Jan. 4 2023 12:01AM

As 2022 comes to a close, we’re looking back at some of our favorite stories that we published this year. Today, we focus on the Middle East, on the arts, and on Jewish history and ideas.

Dec. 30 2022 12:42AM

One of the world’s greatest living political philosophers reflects on his intellectual formation, and how he sees Europe, Israel, and America today.

Dec. 15 2022 12:41AM

A professor of Russian and Jewish studies joins us to talk about the tenuous situation of Russian Jews and their leaders.

Dec. 9 2022 12:01AM

A hue like the sea, the sky, grass, and trees, available for $14.90 per gram at Amazon.

Dec. 8 2022 12:01AM

The new leader of an important Washington think tank feels that cultural renewal is just as important as policy reform. Why does he think that and how does he intend to accomplish it?

Ryan Anderson and Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic
Dec. 2 2022 12:01AM

The war and the danger to European Jewry brought with them a fervor that Jewish activists could only wish for these days.

Nov. 30 2022 12:01AM

A new book called The Origins of Judaism places the momentous occurrence much later in time than that proposed by most scholars. Is it right?

Nov. 28 2022 12:01AM

A newly released academic study hints as much.

Nov. 23 2022 12:01AM

And could the story of the Tower of Babel actually reflect a dim folk-memory of its breakup?

Nov. 9 2022 12:01AM

Shocked by World War I, American Jews turned to Zionism as a way to save their European brethren. Their support came at just the right moment to affect the course of Jewish history.

Nov. 7 2022 12:01AM

A conversation about how small magazines develop and publish big Jewish ideas.

Oct. 21 2022 12:01AM