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 . . .
The great Ḥayyim Naḥman Bialik’s “Scroll of Orpah” retells the story of the book of Ruth from another perspective.
The meaning of “nakedness.”
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.
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.
Why the first of Nisan, which falls on this coming Saturday, would seem to be the most important date of all.
The ends don’t justify the means.
Can Measure for Measure help explain the biblical book?
What Lieberman saw that Heschel didn’t.
The Tractate of Drunkards.
A new book argues that they weren’t, at least at first.
Precious little, you would think. But actually, thanks to one figure in the story, quite a lot.