Religion & Holidays

Awareness of tragedy and evil doesn’t necessarily engender vigor and resilience—it can just as plausibly nurture fatalism and a sense of helplessness.

Oct. 19 2020 12:01AM

North American synagogues experience these two purposes not as mutually reinforcing but as incongruous—which is why they’re in trouble.

Oct. 16 2020 12:01AM

On the overuse of ḥag same’aḥ and the redundancy of gut yuntif.

Oct. 7 2020 12:01AM

In Israel and in traditional communities, life and liturgy don’t run away from hardship. Most American Jews prefer to think on the brighter side, but that comes at a high cost.

Oct. 5 2020 1:33AM

This week, we dig through the archives to bring you excerpts from our best conversations on faith, mortality, tradition, obligation, and sin.

Sept. 25 2020 12:02AM

When news of the Jewish justice’s death spread last week, so did a lot of weird claims about how Jews should mourn and what they believe. It’s time to clear things up.

Sept. 25 2020 12:01AM

The liturgy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is full of liturgical poems that stretch the bounds of the Hebrew language and the patience of worshipers.

Sept. 17 2020 12:01AM

Whether it’s Judeo-Arabic, or Judeo-Italian, or Judeo-Spanish, or the Judeo-German better known as Yiddish, they all mix in varying amounts of Hebrew.

Aug. 18 2020 12:15AM

The Israeli intellectual joins us to talk about the ideas in his best-selling book on the revolutionary political teachings in Moses’s last speech.

Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic and Micah Goodman
Aug. 13 2020 12:01AM

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