Passover

It’s not that they were exceptionally sophisticated or tolerant, as one popular recent article would have it—it’s that they lived surrounded by people who raised pigs.

April 28 2020 12:36AM

The conventional assignment of the family birthright to the firstborn comes under criticism in all of the family stories in Genesis; in Exodus, the issue becomes even more complicated.

April 27 2020 12:01AM

It’s hard to extract universal philosophical or political lessons from a set of books that is so resolutely particular.

April 20 2020 12:01AM

Is there a difference between pestilence and plague?

April 8 2020 12:01AM

There’s a great deal more at stake in Exodus than getting the slaves out of Egypt. What might it be?

April 6 2020 12:01AM

Embracing the connection between two stories of emancipation.

Darcy Fryer
April 6 2020 12:01AM

Showing the Israelite God’s masterful transvaluation of the Egyptian pantheon.

Raheli Shalomi-Hen and Ilan Ben Zion
April 3 2020 12:01AM

The existence of Jews is a reminder that freedom is possible only with responsibility.

May 6 2019 12:01AM

In a remote East African hospital, this seder night was different from all others.

Aaron Rothstein
April 25 2019 12:01AM

“Even as the ancient Hebrew people answered the call of freedom, we too must heed its voice.”

Channa Lockshin Bob
April 25 2019 12:01AM

Not packaged, not square, not oven-baked: that’s what it wasn’t. But what it was and where the name for it comes from is still something of a mystery.

April 24 2019 12:01AM

Freedom to enter into the covenant.

April 23 2019 12:01AM

A few months ago, I was approached with a request to become involved in a then-secret mission: to examine one of the very few high-medieval Haggadahs still in private hands.

April 23 2019 12:01AM

A desire to see wicked nations punished is bound up in the belief in a just and providential God.

April 19 2019 12:01AM