Religion & Holidays

Why the words for both are so similar in so many languages, and why Hebrew has turned out to be the rare exception.

Sept. 18 2019 12:01AM

No judge is so great as to be exempt from showing deference to the judicial hierarchy at large.

Sept. 6 2019 12:01AM

The rabbi and public intellectual comes by our studio to discuss the meaning of kashrut, with the help of some unusual examples.

Sept. 5 2019 12:32AM

Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox look much different from the way they appeared fifty years ago. In part two of our conversation, we look at what’s changed.

Aug. 22 2019 12:05AM

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