Religion & Holidays

It’s at once the most famous affirmation of Jewish belief—no other sentence in Judaism is more powerful—and the most misunderstood.

Feb. 11 2020 12:01AM

Why the felt need to excise profanity from the Bible is fundamentally inane.

Jan. 22 2020 12:01AM

Moses inaugurated Jewish national independence. The prophet Jeremiah comes to oversee its collapse.

Jan. 17 2020 12:01AM

Bruriah is the only female cited repeatedly as a religious authority, and rarely shown in the roles the Talmud generally associates with women. Who was she?

Jan. 15 2020 12:01AM

Some end-of-year remarks on the path of life, spoken in honor of those who do end-of-life work.

Dec. 24 2019 12:01AM

The Tomb has become a shrine for thousands of pilgrims, just as Rachel herself has become the religion’s ultimate matriarch. Why?

Dec. 13 2019 12:01AM

One Soloveitchik warned about the dangers of Jewish-Christian dialogue. Another, his forebear, tried to intensify such dialogue, or so a third member of the family now argues. Is he right?

Dec. 3 2019 12:01AM

Josiah left a permanent stamp on Judaism, leading, for the first time in generations, an all-out battle against idolatry.

Nov. 20 2019 12:01AM

And what you need to know in case you ever encounter him.

Nov. 13 2019 12:01AM

The story of the three yods and other religious and aesthetic innovations.

Oct. 10 2019 12:01AM

Jonah is the anti-Moses: a prophet who wants to persuade the Lord that some people are that bad and should be made to pay for their sins.

Oct. 8 2019 12:01AM

In a worship service almost defined by its eloquence, Judaism mandates an unintelligible noise.

Sept. 27 2019 1:20AM

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