As Christianity has receded in Europe, a movement has grown to invest culinary life with a moral meaning that runs counter to biblical faith.
Europeans discomfited with the idea of animal cruelty could abstain from meat. But accusing halal and kosher butchers instead absolves the conscience and keeps the foie gras flowing.
Countries across Europe are cracking down on ritual slaughter, making the position of observant Jews and Muslims there more tenuous. Is concern for animals really the motivating factor?
The director of an organization dedicated to the healthy depiction of women in the Jewish public square joins us to talk modesty, what it’s good for, and how it can be abused.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews no longer vote in blocs and are now enthusiastic participants in national ideological movements. They may rue the change.
If outsiders listen to leaders of the community rather than reformers on the margins, they’ll be more likely to come to agreement. Just look to Israel, where a new precedent was set.
The rabbi joins us to talk about Operation Benjamin, a project that helps to identify and place Star of David headstones on the graves of fallen Jewish soldiers.
How did a small Transylvanian movement become the most powerful player in worldwide ultra-Orthodoxy?
Only in Schopfloch, as far as I know, have a large number of originally Jewish words survived in the speech of the local populace to this day.
Jews are pouring into south Florida by the thousands, remaking themselves and the area into one of the best places in the world for Jews to live. What’s driving this astonishing renaissance?
The Chabad writer joins us to discuss how the Jewish communities of Ukraine have adapted to the war.
How the Ukrainian leader emerged as the symbol of a nation that has “perpetually tried to spit [Jews] out.”
Missed the live event? Catch the recording here of Eli Spitzer speaking live on the rising influence of haredi Judaism with a journalist, a researcher, and a haredi rabbi.
The balance of power in the Jewish world is shifting to the ultra-Orthodox. Can conflict with the current establishment be avoided?