History & Ideas

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

One word got turned upside down and downside up again.

Oct. 24 2019 12:01AM

Solomon Maimon abandoned his wife and children in search of intellectual perfection, thereby entirely missing the point.

Oct. 11 2019 12:01AM

Unlike, say, “World War I,” the “Yom Kippur War” caught on from the start and never faded. Aside from its naturalness, it has an associational richness that no other names could match.

Oct. 3 2019 12:01AM

Why the words for both are so similar in so many languages, and why Hebrew has turned out to be the rare exception.

Sept. 18 2019 12:01AM