Religion & Holidays

By and for Orthodox women, Mikva, which has affinities with The Vagina Monologues, opens up a once-secretive ritual while staying firmly in line with tradition.

Aug. 13 2019 12:26AM

Elisha ben Avuyah became a vehicle for exploring the agonizing conundrums the rabbis were too honest to ignore but too pious to articulate.

Aug. 9 2019 12:01AM

The eminent historian of American Jewish life stops by to talk about the findings in his latest book The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice Their Religion Today.

Aug. 8 2019 12:01AM

Host means army, but who were God’s armies?

Aug. 7 2019 12:01AM

The results of a new survey are in.

Samuel J. Abrams
Aug. 6 2019 12:01AM

Smiles of a Jewish summer’s night?

Jenna Weissman Joselit
July 30 2019 12:01AM

Amid the familiar clutter of vowels and cantillation marks, a few strange dots appear. They have no obvious function, and yet they go back thousands of years. Their purpose is . . .

July 12 2019 12:01AM

The great Ḥayyim Naḥman Bialik’s “Scroll of Orpah” retells the story of the book of Ruth from another perspective.

June 7 2019 12:01AM

How the 14th-century creators of an illustrated Pentateuch managed to reflect both the Jewish and the Christian worlds they lived in.

June 4 2019 12:01AM

The meaning of “nakedness.”

Eve Levavi Feinstein
May 6 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

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

Why the first of Nisan, which falls on this coming Saturday, would seem to be the most important date of all.

April 3 2019 12:01AM

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Jenna Weissman Joselit
March 29 2019 12:01AM