History & Ideas

As America’s universities catch fire and its Jewish students grow more fearful, the field most likely to have something to say has remained silent—or worse. How did it go wrong?

May 6 2024 3:01AM

Jews in Arab lands spoke much the same Arabic as their neighbors. But the notion that they thought of themselves as Arab Jews, pushed now in some circles, is a historical absurdity.

April 10 2024 12:01AM

Technologies have radically changed religions in the past. But that doesn’t mean they’ll do so this time.

March 27 2024 12:14AM

The story of “the nation’s greatest men’s tailor.”

Alex Traub
March 22 2024 12:01AM

Zionism, Communism, vegetarianism, and the “Ghandi of East Broadway.”

Eddy Portnoy
March 21 2024 12:01AM

The possibility raised by the discovery of an intriguing inscription on an ancient column.

John Drummond
March 20 2024 12:01AM

A visit to Joseph Roth’s hometown of Brody.

Edward Serotta
March 20 2024 12:01AM

The great philosopher and jurist also wrote ten treatises of medicine. What ideas about human life do they contain?

Feb. 23 2024 12:01AM

In her latest short fiction, the great American Jewish writer retells the true story of Edgardo Mortara, a young Italian boy taken by the pope in 1858 and raised to become a priest.

Feb. 16 2024 12:01AM

Abraham Cahan’s still-relevant vision of America’s place in the world, and the Jews’ place in America.

Feb. 12 2024 12:01AM

Abraham Cahan was one of America’s first great Jewish newspapermen, and set an example of independent thinking that the nation could sorely use today.

Feb. 5 2024 12:01AM

The great rabbi introduced puzzling questions of philosophy and religion right under the surface of his writing. What are they?

Jan. 26 2024 12:01AM

The director of UN Watch explains the human-rights movement’s divorce from Israel.

Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic and Hillel Neuer
Jan. 19 2024 12:01AM

A Jewish lawyer coined the term because there was no word that described the murder of a whole people. But the definition he favored is so loose it can apply to almost any conflict.

Jan. 18 2024 12:01AM