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.
In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis debate the value of recycling, upselling, renovation, and sacred trash
What happens when the most authoritative guardians of the tradition are sometimes baffled by the tradition themselves?
Antic embellishments, like Esther being good in bed, help Talmudic rabbis to more fully explicate the text’s divine meaning
Talmudic rabbis, like us, can only study the course of history for the elusive signs of God’s intentions
In a struggle against the idea of history, Jewish life strives to change as little as possible, even when new religions take over
What Adam Bellow and other conservatives get wrong about the political leanings of creators of imaginative fiction
Talmudic rabbis debate Jewish solidarity in the face of misfortune, a communal imperative that still holds today
The Torah sages study and respond to natural phenomena in an effort to understand our place on Earth
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Will step down at the end of the university’s school year
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How the flare-up on the Israel-Lebanon border may portend a larger conflict
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Tom Brady’s menorah
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From polls, to reporting, to political parody videos
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We’re seeking reader submissions for catchy, tote-able taglines
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Is putting other kids’ health at risk really a Jewish value?
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Actor says he’s given ‘serious thought’ to the profession
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First fatal Hezbollah attack in Israel’s north since 2006 raises questions about deterrence
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American comedian bares all in Israel with a message of coexistence
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Lacking a vision of the future, Labor reinvents itself by misreading the past
An excerpt from the new memoir ‘Why Not Say What Happened’ conjures lost summer worlds
The Los Angeles millennials behind Challah Hub take their passion to the streets and mobile platforms
Willkommen out of the closet!
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Israel Story, Episode 5: From red heifers and golden calves to the mooing mascot of radical vegans everywhere
The cartoonist’s grahic memoir made many Top Ten lists this year. Here’s what she had to say about it.
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