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.
Daf Yomi: The Talmud’s ruling principle is that there is always a correct course of action, since God is watching
Talmudic rabbis debate professional eulogizers, trying to strike a balance between the holy and the mundane
Is Jewish rebellion really a form of submission? Two new novels and one political critic examine apostasy.
So much of the Talmud is about working the land, and the rules that govern labor, profit, and loss
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
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Eva Kor, who survived Mengele’s experiments, forgives Oskar Groening, the ‘Accountant of Auschwitz’
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Don’t be slouches, tweens!
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Gray Lady cuts bridge column with ‘sadness'; nixed chess column 6 mos. ago
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Resolution defeated in tight vote at annual conference; criticisms mount
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JR Smith delivers roundabout sockdolager in ugly, series-clinching win
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Israeli aid among outpour of support for earthquake victims; Chabad House of Kathmandu in need
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Former Polish foreign minister, an Auschwitz survivor, masterminded Poland’s relations with Germany and the Jews
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Organization honors author of ‘The Brothers,’ a book about Boston Marathon bombers
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Maryam Faghihimani shares how she learned to look past ‘black holes of pasts,’ befriend Jews
By Louis Nayman — A tiny island off Cancún in the Mexican Yucatán is the modern Jewish world in microcosmBy Elizabeth Savage — During my first shift sitting shmira with a body awaiting burial, I felt sad, guilty, anxious—and gratefulBy Anne Landsman — A South African goes home to Israel
When a young Yiddish poet killed a Ukrainian leader who allowed pogroms, he helped forge a lasting link between Jews and Armenians
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
In a new biography, Annie Cohen-Solal looks at the immigrant child who changed modern art