History & Ideas

One of the greatest Jewish historians on the clash of civilizations that played out within the psyches of young Odessan Jews.

July 27 2022 12:01AM

The deultimization of the Hebrew language proceeds apace.

July 20 2022 12:01AM

A new history of the American right seeks from the first page to alert the reader to what it is not about: the 40th president. But in the end conservatives can’t escape Reagan—nor should they.

July 18 2022 12:01AM

As 1970s America unraveled, both radicals posed “uncomfortable questions for comfortable Jews.” What did they ask, and are conditions ripe for similar figures to emerge?

July 5 2022 12:01AM

The British writer joins us to think about the ideological battle over the Western tradition and the role Israel plays in that fight.

June 30 2022 12:33AM

An impressive new book explores how a community rooted in faith and law has grappled with the preeminent classical rationalist.

June 29 2022 12:01AM

Jewish history has always known periods in which double naming existed, always in places in which Jews were relatively well-integrated in the non-Jewish society around them.

June 22 2022 12:01AM

An investigation, and a tribute to the 2022 Herzl Prize laureate Roger Hertog.

June 21 2022 12:01AM

A Yale political scientist joins us to talk about esoteric writing and how to understand its relation to politics.

June 10 2022 12:46AM

Even at the Hebrew University at mid-century, when the likes of Martin Buber and Gershom Scholem walked the halls, Pines stood out for his prodigious knowledge of everything.

May 31 2022 12:01AM

“Good Lord, the Christian woman understood!”

May 25 2022 12:01AM

The late Midge Decter was a penetrating critic and a powerful writer. Her son joins the podcast this week to reflect on her legacy.

May 20 2022 12:01AM

Did the Israeli government kidnap Yemenite Jewish children in the state’s early days? A historian joins us to explain the story, why it’s a myth, and why it won’t go away.

May 12 2022 12:41AM

The signal achievement of Genesis is to find heroism not just on the field of battle—where Odysseus, too, excels—but on the hardscrabble ground of everyday life.

May 4 2022 12:01AM