Religion & Holidays

How the Zoom-seder debate opens up on questions of virtual reality.

May 21 2020 12:01AM

Lenient rulings in response to new situations are not necessary if unfortunate accommodations, they are instead a testament to the strength and durability of Judaism.

May 18 2020 12:01AM

The author of our April essay joins us to talk about how to read the book of Exodus, how the Israelites became a people, and plenty more.

May 15 2020 12:01AM

Some families prefer the connection it offers. But an online seder seems like an acknowledgement of generational failure, a stopgap measure to keep nostalgic religious affiliation afloat.

May 11 2020 12:25AM

Even though it takes liberties rendering the original text, a new Danish Bible breaks from anti-Semitic Christian replacement theology in a far clearer way than ever before.

May 6 2020 12:01AM

Why would the most famous Jewish philosopher of all not have a Jewish name? Or did he?

May 5 2020 12:42AM

What the headline-making rabbinic showdown over online seders reveals about Jewish law and its limits.

May 4 2020 12:01AM

He is still full of hope, and so—in replying to those who would misunderstand me and my method of reading the Bible—am I.

April 29 2020 1:14AM

It’s not that they were exceptionally sophisticated or tolerant, as one popular recent article would have it—it’s that they lived surrounded by people who raised pigs.

April 28 2020 12:36AM

The conventional assignment of the family birthright to the firstborn comes under criticism in all of the family stories in Genesis; in Exodus, the issue becomes even more complicated.

April 27 2020 12:01AM

Ultra-Orthodox Jews have been one of the hardest-hit groups in Israel and elsewhere. Why?

April 23 2020 12:01AM

It’s hard to extract universal philosophical or political lessons from a set of books that is so resolutely particular.

April 20 2020 12:01AM

Read to its tragic depths, the Bible suggests that the last, cruelest laugh is always on God.

April 13 2020 12:01AM

There’s a great deal more at stake in Exodus than getting the slaves out of Egypt. What might it be?

April 6 2020 12:01AM