Religion & Holidays

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

An ancient prayer for rain mentions an angel named Af-bri. But where did he come from?

Oct. 5 2023 12:01AM

A Jewish philosopher stops by to talk about how Jews—and one major non-Jew—have thought about repentance.

Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic and Daniel Rynhold
Sept. 22 2023 12:01AM

The temptation is overwhelming to excuse or soften the drama of Genesis 22. A leading professor of Jewish thought explains how to get past that, and what meaning lies beyond it.

Sept. 15 2023 12:01AM

In both Hebrew and English.

Sept. 7 2023 12:33AM

The author of a new commentary stops by to talk about one of the most disturbing days in Jewish history, and how its survivors and their descendants tried to understand it.

July 21 2023 12:01AM

The eminent scholar talks about Ruth, and Reading Ruth, the 2021 book he co-authored with his granddaughter.

May 25 2023 12:02AM

How many rabbis first translated the Hebrew Bible, and how many different translations did they produce?

May 25 2023 12:01AM

And does their presence illuminate the book of Exodus—or is it simply a sign that ancient Egypt was a powerful nation?

April 4 2023 12:21AM

A professor of Jewish studies joins us to talk about why the Hebrew Bible sometimes portrays God as a mother, and what that means.

Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic and Malka Simkovich
Feb. 24 2023 12:51AM

The ancient rabbis believed there was linguistic proof that the first man spoke Hebrew with God. Why?

Feb. 8 2023 12:01AM