History & Ideas

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

A native of Odessa, the Jewish thinker needed no convincing that Ukrainians were a distinct nation. He understood that if they were subdued, no other nation would stand a chance.

April 25 2022 12:01AM

Why, in the Hebrew Bible and the Odyssey alike, does the overweening human ambition to become somebody end in lowly banishment and dispersion?

April 13 2022 12:01AM

“An earthquake in biblical scholarship” is how the discovery has been described. That’s true, as are the connections it reveals between ancient languages and modern ones.

April 6 2022 12:01AM

Why was a random Polish shtetl singled out in the 19th century to become the home of fools in dozens of Jewish fables?

March 23 2022 12:01AM

What do the Hebrew Bible and Homer have to say about clothes?

March 14 2022 12:01AM

Missed the live event? Catch the recording here of Daniel Johnson speaking live on the secularization of America with David Wolpe and Chris Arnade.

March 10 2022 12:01AM

With a new nuclear deal on the way, attention is again turning to Iran. Four recent books, plus the deal itself, suggest that America and Europe are blind to the regime’s motivating spirit.

March 7 2022 12:22AM

The Arabic word for meat is nearly the same as the Hebrew word for bread. The source of the difference reveals much about geography, culture, and human settlement.

Feb. 23 2022 12:01AM

The author of a new book arguing that Israel is the lodestar of Jewish life even for Jews in the Diaspora joins us to talk about his argument.

Feb. 11 2022 12:01AM

The Hebrew Bible and the Odyssey are both preoccupied by the moral and political consequences of ungoverned sexuality and aggression.

Feb. 10 2022 12:01AM

Europe is far down the path from a gradual fading of religion to stringent ideological secularism. Is America destined to follow?

Feb. 7 2022 12:01AM

Recent controversies in the French media suggest that wounds opened by the infamous trial over a century ago have yet to heal.

Jan. 31 2022 1:56AM