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.
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A Talmudic problem: Abraham lived before the law was given, so how can his actions be used to interpret the law?
An ancient principle of Judaism, debated at length in the Oral Law, is that it is a sin to count Jews—or is it?
To the Talmudic rabbis, a miracle is more plausible than the notion that their sources were incorrect
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Shakespeare’s prickly classic gets a timely update in new production
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Willkommen out of the closet!
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Albany assigns interim replacement, will hold an election in February
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The Jewish state seeks to bring the Bedouin in from the desert
Willkommen out of the closet!
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