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.
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
New novel ‘The Betrayers’ boldly places at its center the most famous refusenik and all he represents for Soviet Jewry
The Talmud imagines the world as organized for the benefit of Torah sages, even in matters of sex and death
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.
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Logged 36 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show with husband Jerry Stiller
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Netanyahu tightens his grip
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Trebek: ‘Whenever people to go temple… they sing Kinky Boots!’
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Sheldon Harnick celebrates 50 years of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
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Letterman: ‘Sometimes what you love the most provides you with the most pain’
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The president draws a line in the sand in his latest interview
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For all those who’ve died far from their families, and far from peace
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My friend was recorded in a mikveh by a rabbi. Let’s ensure the end of this abuse of power.
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How I observe Shavuot despite my life-threatening allergy
By Yair Rosenberg — The president draws a line in the sand in his latest interviewBy Jonathan Zalman —
Trebek: 'Whenever people to go temple... they sing Kinky Boots!'By Gabriela Geselowitz — ‘The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook’ offers insight into the city’s prewar culinary scene—and pioneering restaurateur Fania Lewando
The grim satire of the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ controversy, in context
On a new album, Italian singer Shulamit offers modern interpretations of haunting songs left by women in the Holocaust
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