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.
In debating the principles of intentional sin, sages find that pleading ignorance is no defense, even if not all laws can be followed
In his new novel, the great Israeli writer conjures a slow-burn connection between an innocent caretaker and her aging charge
Talmudic rabbis debate the paradoxical belief in Jewish chosenness despite the evidence of Jewish powerlessness
At the intersection of artifice and experience comes a beguiling fantasia on Jewish themes, ‘I Pity the Poor Immigrant’
The apparent abstraction of Talmudic rulings, immune to the vagaries of history, are also a key to Jewish survival
In the Talmud, nostalgic, biblical, divine explanations override accurate secular history and chronology
‘Love and Treasure’ weaves a multigenerational tale through World War II back to a lost European paradise
To the Talmudic rabbis, religion was not opposed to the law but deeply connected to its study, even if dialogue wins over decree
‘The Story of the Jews’ is the most important TV documentary about Jewish history since Abba Eban’s famous ‘Heritage’ series
For a hundred generations Jews lived in anticipation of redemption, a historical tension that continues to define Judaism
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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?
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‘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