History & Ideas

An Italian Yiddish was never in the cards, as the case of “Judeo-Mantuan” makes clear, because Jews were more closely integrated into Italian society than they were in Eastern Europe.

March 4 2020 12:01AM

He did. A recent book is a damning polemic against him and also against America’s most politically connected Jewish leader. Yet it’s hard to imagine things ending differently.

March 3 2020 12:01AM

The women’s self-recorded experiences are utterly disparate, but both offer a potent antidote to any sentimental nostalgia for life in the age of Sholom Aleichem.

Feb. 25 2020 12:01AM

It’s not Maimonides. It’s Saadya Gaon, “the first Jewish scholar whose universal mind embraced all the branches of Jewish learning known in his time.”

Feb. 18 2020 12:01AM

On reading the Hebrew Bible in a spirit of intellectual honesty without losing your faith.

Feb. 13 2020 12:01AM

It’s at once the most famous affirmation of Jewish belief—no other sentence in Judaism is more powerful—and the most misunderstood.

Feb. 11 2020 12:01AM

The pre-state militia had actually prepared well for the outbreak of war in 1948. But its commanders generally hailed from rival political parties to Ben-Gurion’s.

Feb. 10 2020 12:01AM

Our resident scholar joins us to talk about her recent essay on the novelist Saul Bellow and to expand on her sense of him as a full-fledged Jewish intellectual.

Feb. 6 2020 12:01AM

American culture is now dominated by people convinced that biblical religion must be expunged from the public square in the name of freedom, authenticity, and the Self.

Jan. 13 2020 12:01AM

The intellectual and editor of National Affairs joins us to discuss Himmelfarb and the moral and political virtues she deemed necessary for a healthy democratic society.

Jan. 9 2020 12:01AM

For a word that is, in terms of its linguistic history, a relatively recent one, ghetto’s origins have been an unusual source of contention and uncertainty.

Jan. 8 2020 12:01AM

American society faces a deep crisis of meaning to which the city, and the idea, of Jerusalem has an answer. It is needed by Jews, and as much or more by Christians.

Jan. 6 2020 12:01AM

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