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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Hungarian actor Géza Röhrig stars in Auschwitz drama Son of Saul
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Support pours in from left and right, as well as Israeli President Rivlin
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‘It is time to raise to red card to racism. In Palestine and everywhere.’
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Bobby Fischer vies for the 1972 World Chess Championship, takes on ‘the Russians and the Jews’
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Flint tools from Paleolithic, Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods are history
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Should we continue to revere the works of Jewish leaders who act wrongfully?
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Delegates will vote today on motion to ouster Israel Football Association from soccer’s embattled global governing organization
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Bibi announces support for Arab Peace Initiative. It doesn’t matter if it’s real.
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The centenarian author formed an Orthodox congregation in his home in 1952. It thrives today.
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The grim satire of the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ controversy, in context
Dispatch from the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference, Indonesia, where the Jewish state is a pariah
Sociologist Pierre Birnbaum says it’s time Léon Blum—French Socialist, Zionist, wartime hero, and prime minister—got his due
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.