Religion & Holidays

That’s the contention of a new book by a major historian of ancient Judaism. It deserves serious attention, but it also overstates its case.

Aug. 4 2020 12:08AM

An ancient rabbinic dispute pitted eminent scholars against one another. The Taḥanun prayer is rooted in that story of public shame and private distress.

July 27 2020 12:01AM

Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Aharon Lichtenstein, and what Maimonides missed.

Reuven Ziegler
July 2 2020 12:01AM

A look at the legacy of the man who revitalized Modern Orthodoxy and who was perhaps “the greatest composer of sermons in the English-speaking rabbinic world.”

June 25 2020 12:02AM

To where and what language does the great Jewish philosopher and his name belong?

June 10 2020 12:02AM

The author of our May essay on the Zoom seder joins us to talk about his ideas and the debate surrounding them.

June 4 2020 1:07AM

The leading Conservative rabbi joins us to a look at the task facing America’s liberal denominations.

May 28 2020 12:28AM

From Ashkenazi and Sephardi to strict and lenient.

May 28 2020 12:01AM

The Zoom-seder ruling was intended to ease human suffering, but it was also, in effect, a maneuver for influence within the Sephardi rabbinate and a bid to resist historical forgetfulness.

May 26 2020 12:01AM

How the Zoom-seder debate opens up on questions of virtual reality.

May 21 2020 12:01AM

Lenient rulings in response to new situations are not necessary if unfortunate accommodations, they are instead a testament to the strength and durability of Judaism.

May 18 2020 12:01AM

The author of our April essay joins us to talk about how to read the book of Exodus, how the Israelites became a people, and plenty more.

May 15 2020 12:01AM

Some families prefer the connection it offers. But an online seder seems like an acknowledgement of generational failure, a stopgap measure to keep nostalgic religious affiliation afloat.

May 11 2020 12:25AM

Even though it takes liberties rendering the original text, a new Danish Bible breaks from anti-Semitic Christian replacement theology in a far clearer way than ever before.

May 6 2020 12:01AM