Religion & Holidays

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

Amid the familiar clutter of vowels and cantillation marks, a few strange dots appear. They have no obvious function, and yet they go back thousands of years. Their purpose is . . .

July 12 2019 12:01AM

The great Ḥayyim Naḥman Bialik’s “Scroll of Orpah” retells the story of the book of Ruth from another perspective.

June 7 2019 12:01AM

How the 14th-century creators of an illustrated Pentateuch managed to reflect both the Jewish and the Christian worlds they lived in.

June 4 2019 12:01AM

The meaning of “nakedness.”

Eve Levavi Feinstein
May 6 2019 12:01AM

Not packaged, not square, not oven-baked: that’s what it wasn’t. But what it was and where the name for it comes from is still something of a mystery.

April 24 2019 12:01AM

A few months ago, I was approached with a request to become involved in a then-secret mission: to examine one of the very few high-medieval Haggadahs still in private hands.

April 23 2019 12:01AM

Why the first of Nisan, which falls on this coming Saturday, would seem to be the most important date of all.

April 3 2019 12:01AM