History & Ideas

American culture is now dominated by people convinced that biblical religion must be expunged from the public square in the name of freedom, authenticity, and the Self.

Jan. 13 2020 12:01AM

The intellectual and editor of National Affairs joins us to discuss Himmelfarb and the moral and political virtues she deemed necessary for a healthy democratic society.

Jan. 9 2020 12:01AM

For a word that is, in terms of its linguistic history, a relatively recent one, ghetto’s origins have been an unusual source of contention and uncertainty.

Jan. 8 2020 12:01AM

American society faces a deep crisis of meaning to which the city, and the idea, of Jerusalem has an answer. It is needed by Jews, and as much or more by Christians.

Jan. 6 2020 12:01AM

The figure of the great fairy king in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is descended from Judah Maccabee.

Dec. 26 2019 12:01AM

Six more Mosaic writers share their favorites, featuring shadow strikes, orchards, gleanings, constitutional evolutions and revolutions, serotonin, odd women, and more.

Dec. 19 2019 12:01AM

Seven of our regular writers pick several favorites each, featuring sieges, spies, cultural revolutions, family papers, useful enemies, new fields of inquiry, and more.

Dec. 18 2019 12:01AM

Let us sing of rodomont, Sinon, proditomania, and, in particular, grobian.

Dec. 11 2019 12:01AM

Intentionally incarcerated there from 1940 to 1943, Witold Pilecki saw its transformation from a particularly brutal prison into the death factory it is now notorious for being.

Dec. 4 2019 12:01AM

That’s what the rumor is. The truth about the ancient Arabic-speaking tribe is a little different.

Nov. 27 2019 1:32AM

For thousands of years both friends and enemies of Judaism have labeled it a religion of deed rather than creed, of law rather than faith. A new book firmly and fervently disagrees.

Nov. 6 2019 12:01AM

Jacob Howland drops by our studio to talk about the ways in which Greek thought can illuminate the Talmud—and vice-versa.

Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic and Jacob Howland
Nov. 1 2019 12:01AM

As two new books show, the influence of the Hebrew Bible (and of biblical models) on the founding generations of Americans was as vast as the new country they were trying to create.

Oct. 30 2019 12:01AM

On the opening of a new academic institution devoted to study of the Hebrew Bible for its moral and political wisdom.

Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic, Dru Johnson, Jonathan Silver and Robert Nicholson
Oct. 25 2019 12:01AM