History & Ideas

It’s what the Puritans did.

Ed Simon
Nov. 27 2020 1:01AM

The faith of America’s Pilgrim ancestors was deepened by Jewish texts, while their acts of gratitude were conscious reenactments of the Jewish past.

Nov. 25 2020 12:01AM

The author of our October essay joins us to talk about the sources of Jewish resilience, and to share his memories of the Six-Day War.

Nov. 13 2020 12:36AM

How a much-lauded historian with a genius for identifying similarities—but no eye for differences—misreads Jewish history.

Nov. 12 2020 12:01AM

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