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.
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
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
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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
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After Buchenwald was liberated, my father, Rabbi Herschel Schacter, led survivors in a moving prayer service
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Our coverage of the illness is raw, inspiring, scientific, sad, historical, and familial. Have a look.
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TV’s fasctinating ‘Botched’ takes on the limits of aesthetic procedures
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Pigeons, brains, and chocolate-covered locusts at the oldest congregation in the U.S.
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My daughter is black and Jewish. Will she have to defend her identity online?
By Yair Rosenberg — 'Your purpose in life ... is simply this: to improve the world'By Jill Werman Harris — It’s made of nickel and a piece of crystal. But it helped save Jews from the Nazis.By Jenny Diski —
‘I don’t believe in you, “salvation,” I never have and I never will. And very soon I won’t even be.’
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