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.
Why read the Talmud as a secular Jew? In part, for its expression of an independent Jewish creativity and spirituality.
The Talmud describes rabbis who were not just judges and legal analysts, but magicians as well
In staking claims about the validity of Jewish identity, the rabbis show that the Diaspora has existed for nearly as long as Judaism
Pi, irrational numbers, and squaring the circle are all brought to bear to find justifications for tradition
In her latest novel, Alice Hoffman renders the brutal world of Lower East Side immigrants in the romantic hues her readers expect
In dissenting opinions, Talmudic rabbis propose and debate every detail of Sukkot’s booth and, in so doing, measure God
A holy desecration is unethical in part because of the social pressure to reflect well on the tribe
In Joshua Max Feldman’s entertaining debut novel ‘The Book of Jonah,’ Greed is Good meets Sept. 11
Manna, and fasting, are not just miracles of sustenance and faith, but also elements of jurisprudence
Illogical Jewish laws are ‘matters that Satan challenges’: raising doubts for enemies of Judaism and skeptical Jews
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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 Marcia Friedman — A convert to Judaism reflects on the Jewish woman who embraced her, and honors her with a holiday recipe
‘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