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Moses

The Cecil B. DeMille version of the revelation at Sinai, in which Moses ascends the mountain on his own and returns bearing tablets, misses key aspects of the Israelites’ experience.

Feb. 1 2018 12:01AM

What does it mean to be God’s chosen people? As Moses counsels the Israelites before he dies, their failure will have consequences—and failure is unavoidable.

Oct. 4 2017 12:01AM

The brave attempt at monotheism was bound to go wrong sometimes, and when it did, the Israelites would need help putting the pieces back together again.

Aug. 3 2017 12:01AM

Deuteronomy erases the separation between leader and led; for better or for worse, they’re yoked together.

July 27 2017 12:01AM

Koraḥ’s failed rebellion against the leadership of Moses shows that a culture based on grievance cannot last.

June 22 2017 12:01AM

A tale of Rabbi Akiva.

Barry Holtz
May 3 2017 12:01AM

Or a reference to a unique section of the Bible?

Shlomo Zuckier
Feb. 8 2017 12:01AM

In the Jewish tradition, the summit of religious awareness is to know that God is ultimately unknowable.

Jan. 19 2017 12:01AM

Ben-Gurion, Strauss, and Soloveitchik.

Jan. 9 2017 12:01AM

The real message of the golden calf?

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
Dec. 13 2016 12:01AM

Why didn’t Moses receive the Torah at the bottom of the mountain?

Nov. 21 2016 12:01AM

Moses and his renegade army of shepherds and lepers.

Richard Tada
Nov. 16 2016 12:01AM

A biblical story marks the moment when Judaism turned from charismatic authority to institutional authority, and from the rule of judgment to the rule of law.

July 28 2016 12:01AM

In this week’s Torah reading, God feeds the people quail “until it comes out of their noses.”

Joseph B. Soloveitchik
June 24 2016 12:01AM