Religion & Holidays

Modern freedoms leave us wanting more. The author of our monthly essay joins us and a noted rabbi to talk about how conversion came to be an antidote to liberal restlessness.

June 1 2021 12:01AM

According to the Talmud, when God handed down the commandments, he handed them down in every language at once.

May 26 2021 12:01AM

Parent-child collaborations are rare enough in literary history. Grandparent-grandchild collaborations are unheard of, until the publication this spring of a new study of the book of Ruth.

May 12 2021 12:01AM

Why should a Hebrew verb originally meaning to puncture have produced so many words relating to both the non-holy and to holes?

March 31 2021 12:01AM

Meaning is sought outside of America’s houses of worship by the many young who are “spiritual but not religious.” We liberal Jews must have something to say to these seekers.

March 24 2021 12:01AM

Meir Soloveichik explains how the seder’s four cups of wine elevate the holiday, while two enthusiasts recommend their favorite wines from the great regions of Jewish viticulture.

March 22 2021 12:01AM

Why American Ḥaredim have responded so differently from other Jews to the pandemic.

March 15 2021 12:01AM

After the golden calf, something wondrous happens. Leon Kass walks us through what that is in this final installment of our series on Exodus.

March 12 2021 12:04AM

The digital forces now at work on Jewish communities reflect a challenge that American churches have been wrestling with for decades now.

March 8 2021 12:01AM

Why does Moses order every Levite to practice fratricide?

March 5 2021 12:02AM

Moshe Koppel’s new book Judaism Straight Up looks at today’s progressive and traditional moral psychologies and finds one wanting.

March 2 2021 12:01AM

This week, we learn that God wants to be known not only as the Israelites’ deliverer from bondage but also as an immediate and permanent presence in their lives.

Feb. 26 2021 12:01AM

The star of this week’s Purim story gets her point across because of the way she tells certain truths.

Feb. 24 2021 12:01AM

Does the preservation of the covenant depend upon repeated revelations and direct divine encounters, or are there more permanent ways?

Feb. 19 2021 12:01AM