Apart from Kol Nidrei, no High Holy Day prayer is better known than Un’taneh Tokef. But there’s a puzzle at its heart.
This week, we dig through the archives to bring you excerpts from our best conversations on faith, mortality, tradition, obligation, and sin.
The rabbis saw no contradiction, only completion.
For Yemimah Mizrachi, it’s the simple folk who matter.
For the sins of attacking the electoral system, of not defending Israeli society, . . .
S.Y. Agnon, Solomon ibn Gabirol, and “The Sign.”
The antithesis of both ancient pagan fatalism and the modern cult of victimhood.
Vows and human frailty.