Religion & Holidays

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

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