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.
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
Talmudic Rabbis regulated not just actions but reputations, and left a legacy we debate and refute to this day
At what point does a disagreement between groups of Jews become a point of religious principle, which cannot be compromised?
Daf Yomi: In rabbinic Judaism, study is not merely a pragmatic enterprise, but a religious act in itself
When two mitzvot conflict, the Talmud asks, how do we decide which takes precedence?
New novels answer Irving Howe’s question: Can we accept aesthetic pleasure in a book about the Shoah?
Two years and 100 columns in to the Daf Yomi cycle, our critic pauses to reflect on its intellectual challenges and delights
Tread carefully, the rabbis warn, when seeking to understand creation or envision God
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‘This must not happen in Israel,’ prime minister tells Knesset
12:17 PM —Cookies, brownies, and fudge to celebrate the 33rd day of the Omer
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Facing BDS pressure, singer cites ‘challenge’ of performing in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah
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Ahmed Zayat, who lives in New Jersey, once named a yearling ‘Maimonides’ to promote peace among Arabs and Jews.
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Musical team Strouse and Adams wrote songs for a ‘Star Wars’ musical that never happened. It doesn’t sound pretty.
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Jihadist terrorist cell, a recruiter for Islamic State, planned bombing, beheading before arrests on April 8
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Because who doesn’t dream of leaving NYC for greener pastures?
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg says unions, once defined by gender dominance, are fundamentally changed. It’s time for the Jewish community to catch up.
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It costs $99 to watch the boxing champ on Saturday. Spend it elsewhere.
By Jonathan Zalman — Ahmed Zayat, who lives in New Jersey, once named a yearling 'Maimonides' to promote peace among Arabs and Jews.By Vladislav Davidzon — Why the political and cultural battles being fought here have nothing to do with what happened over thereBy Jonathan Zalman — Jihadist terrorist cell, a recruiter for Islamic State, planned bombing, beheading before arrests on April 8
The once glorious club is in disarray and middling in the second-tier tables, with its last Champions League semifinal years behind
What's really at stake in awarding a character prize to the French satirical weekly?
Victor Rodack dreamed of visiting Israel. In 1967, he found an unusual way to make his dream a reality.
Historian Jonathan Sarna discusses the Great Emancipator’s ties to a chiropodist, military men, and other Jews
Stories for Passover about slavery, freedom, family… and lice