American Jews Speak English, but Our Sacred Texts Are in Hebrew

What happens when the most authoritative guardians of the tradition are sometimes baffled by the tradition themselves?

How To Turn Tomatoes Into an Italian Treat That Tastes Like Candy

Roman Jews have had a long love affair with tomatoes. This recipe for oven-browned ‘pomodori a mezzo’ will show you why.

John Kerry Has Hamas’ Back: So, Who Has Israel’s?

AIPAC, the so-called Jewish Lobby, has no influence in the White House and is scared to speak out

When the Talmud Offers Close Readings of Sacred Fictions

Antic embellishments, like Esther being good in bed, help Talmudic rabbis to more fully explicate the text’s divine meaning

The First Kosher Comic Book Blazed a Trail for Orthodox Outreach

It wasn’t as big as Batman, but ‘Mendy and the Golem’ gave Jewish kids a taste of pop culture—with a rabbinical seal of approval

Is the Book of Esther—a Story Told in Human Terms, Not Miracles—a Holy Book?

Talmudic rabbis, like us, can only study the course of history for the elusive signs of God’s intentions

What’s Wrong With Being Reasonable About the Middle East?

Nicholas Kristof’s totally reasonable, utterly delusional recipe for peace

Dawn of the Planet of Qasem Suleimani

In Hollywood’s twisted view of hardliners, lessons for our generals, diplomats, and politicians

Why Early Jews Didn’t Care at All About Christians

In a struggle against the idea of history, Jewish life strives to change as little as possible, even when new religions take over

To Cut or Not To Cut: Finding Alternatives to Circumcision

New rituals create ways to symbolically acknowledge Jews’ covenant with God without actually circumcising infants

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