History & Ideas

How generations of Arab thinkers and leaders tried to turn the humiliation of their losses to Israel into a springboard to launch their nations into an enchanted new age.

Sept. 11 2023 12:01AM

The author took a recent journey to a Soviet mass gravesite where his great-grandfather is buried, and speaks about how it helped him understand Jewish and Soviet history.

Aug. 18 2023 12:01AM

What might the great scholar have been intending with a recently discovered list he made of seemingly random words from random European languages?

Aug. 16 2023 12:01AM

The author talks about the world’s fascination with dead Jews and its indifference to living ones.

Aug. 4 2023 12:01AM

The rabbi and podcast host stops by to talk about his new book, Providence and Power: Ten Portraits in Jewish Statesmanship.

July 14 2023 12:01AM

A misunderstanding about mirrors, with far-reaching, metaphysical consequences.

July 13 2023 12:01AM

A reader’s question prompts Philologos to turn up a crucial link between the three.

July 6 2023 12:01AM

An Israeli philosopher joins the podcast to talk about what keeps nations together, even when their populations are so deeply divided.

Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic and Avital Levi
June 30 2023 1:04AM

The cultural chaos of the current era seems to map perfectly onto the anxieties of the 19th century. The same goes for today’s flavor of anti-Semitism.

June 15 2023 12:01AM

How many rabbis first translated the Hebrew Bible, and how many different translations did they produce?

May 25 2023 12:01AM

The author of Self-Made stops by to talk about how the modern self came to be, and how it differs from older, traditional modes of living.

May 19 2023 12:01AM

Insects may be welcome on European plates, but not kosher meat.

April 28 2023 12:01AM

European hypocrisy on animal rights and ritual slaughter comes straight from an ancient Christian heresy.

April 26 2023 12:01AM

The author of And None Shall Make Them Afraid stops by to talk about his new book and how history has a role to play in forming devotion to the Jewish people.

April 21 2023 12:01AM