Religion & Holidays

In honor of Shavuot, the Jewish holiday that celebrates lawgiving, a discussion about the essence of Jewish law.

June 14 2024 12:10AM

Discussing the contention that “civilization” came into the drama of human history with God’s covenantal promise to Abraham and his children.

May 31 2024 12:01AM

It was only in the early-to-mid first millennium BCE that both the ancient Babylonians and the ancient Hebrews began dividing their lunar months into seven-day periods.

May 29 2024 12:01AM

The well-known rabbi looks at the link between freedom and monotheism in the the text accompanying the seder service.

April 19 2024 12:01AM

The truth of the tale of Hillel and the “Hillel sandwich.”

April 18 2024 12:01AM

Technologies have radically changed religions in the past. But that doesn’t mean they’ll do so this time.

March 27 2024 12:14AM

Jews can help the wider world fight the excesses of artificial intelligence, but in order to do so they need to learn how to speak about such matters in a language non-Jews understand.

March 26 2024 12:01AM

Books of the Hebrew Bible are always written in Hebrew—except for this one.

Hillel Kuttler
March 22 2024 12:01AM

As evidenced by the case of a sinful Hebrew pun.

Shlomo Zuckier and David Gyllenhaal
March 21 2024 12:01AM

As advanced computing allows food to be created in radically new ways, standard kosher categories will become increasingly less useful. What happens then?

March 18 2024 12:01AM

The holiday noisemaker bears a suspicious resemblance to the Spanish carraca.

March 14 2024 12:00AM

Our series on the great Jewish philosopher introduces his magnum opus, explains how to read it, and shows who it’s meant to benefit.

Feb. 9 2024 12:01AM

The name of the biblical tribe of murderers, the arch-rivals of ancient Israel, has been much discussed in the wake of October 7. Is that appropriate?

Nov. 16 2023 12:01AM

Pidyon shvuyim, the redemption and release of captives, is an old and urgent Jewish obligation. What does it mean today and what are the moral tradeoffs involved?

Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic and Ethan Tucker
Oct. 20 2023 12:01AM