What happens when the most authoritative guardians of the tradition are sometimes baffled by the tradition themselves?
Roman Jews have had a long love affair with tomatoes. This recipe for oven-browned ‘pomodori a mezzo’ will show you why.
Antic embellishments, like Esther being good in bed, help Talmudic rabbis to more fully explicate the text’s divine meaning
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
Talmudic rabbis, like us, can only study the course of history for the elusive signs of God’s intentions
Nicholas Kristof’s totally reasonable, utterly delusional recipe for peace
In a struggle against the idea of history, Jewish life strives to change as little as possible, even when new religions take over
New rituals create ways to symbolically acknowledge Jews’ covenant with God without actually circumcising infants