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.
What the headline-making rabbinic showdown over online seders reveals about Jewish law and its limits.
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.
The most widely read, beloved, and perplexing book of the Jewish tradition.
A desire to see wicked nations punished is bound up in the belief in a just and providential God.
A communal, and often political, ritual that was commonplace for a few decades.
Egypt and Bergen-Belsen.
“Soldiers in Hawaii had fresh pineapple for dessert. Kashrut was a secondary concern.”
The book read today would be unrecognizable to the ancient Jews who first devised the home ritual of the seder.