Adam Kirsch is a contributing editor for Tablet Magazine and the author of Benjamin Disraeli, a biography in the Nextbook Press Jewish Encounters book series.
Talmudic sages say that sinful acts—especially those committed by women—are not the rabbis’ fault
Jewish law loves to separate people into airtight categories. Real-life sex and gender are more complicated. What then?
And other problems of divorce, infertility, and urination, in this week’s Talmud study
In the patriarchal society of the Talmud, a woman’s body is always under the supervision and scrutiny of men
‘The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel’ shows how the boycott movement is more significant than its achievements suggest
This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study is NSFW
Plus legitimate and bastard offspring, slaves, and distinctions between Jews, non-Jews, and half-Jews
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ questions of obligation in matters of levirate marriage, and how values change with time
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An unpublished 1965 study offers a glimpse of a community at a crossroads
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Comedian spreads message of wife Jessica Seinfeld’s Fatherhood Initiative
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But seriously you definitely haven’t
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Memory, continuity, and a grandfather’s curious New York Times ritual
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The Last Five Years film adaptation revisits a failed marriage, tired tropes
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We’ll be hearing from young European Jews on our partner site, Jewcy
By Lee Smith — The difference between Big America and Small America, and between Obama and NetanyahuBy Pinchas Goldschmidt — The murdered opposition leader represented the dilemmas of the Jewish politician in Putin’s RussiaBy Heather Rogers — Why aren’t more non-Muslim feminists decrying violence against women in Muslim-majority countries?
The Book of Esther doesn't mention God. Robert Alter's new translation shows that's just one way the biblical text is unique.
Netanyahu spoke effectively, if predictably. But what impact will he have?
The holiday’s ‘mishloach manot’ boxes used to involve juice and a bag of chips. Now competitive moms have raised the stakes.
An excerpt from Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish
The Book of Esther doesn’t mention God. Robert Alter’s new translation shows that’s just one way the biblical text is unique.
Matthew Fishbane accompanied a group of would-be Jews as they made aliyah from rural India, led by an unlikely activist
Israel Story, Episode 6: No valentines, just a fatwa, a shidduch, some tears, and some laughter