Which Is More Sacred: a Festival or Shabbat? A Mitzvah or Money?

With great metaphysical creativity, Talmudic rabbis probe the exact limits of comparison and analogy

Talmudic Rabbis, All Men, Admit They Cannot Bring Women Under Their Power

In debating the principles of intentional sin, sages find that pleading ignorance is no defense, even if not all laws can be followed

Getting Rid of National Borders in the Middle East Won’t End Sectarian Warfare

The new vogue for blaming the century-old Sykes-Picot Agreement for today’s woes ignores history, and reality

Two Excellent New Picture Books Help Kids Learn About the Holocaust

‘The Whispering Town’ and ‘Hidden’ are among the best contributions in years to Holocaust literature for young children

Why Did God Choose the Jewish People To Receive the Torah?

Talmudic rabbis debate the paradoxical belief in Jewish chosenness despite the evidence of Jewish powerlessness

How To Make Salyanka, a Hearty Georgian Stew With Beef and Red Peppers

Video: The former Soviet republic’s Jewish history dates back millennia. This simple recipe is one of the community’s treasures.

The Palestinians Are To Blame for the Failed Peace Talks—But Not for the Reason You Think

Abbas is facing an internal challenge to his leadership, and that—not Israeli housing plans—is why he’s bailing on Kerry

Which Came First: The Chicken, the Egg, or the Divine Law That Governs Their Use?

The apparent abstraction of Talmudic rulings, immune to the vagaries of history, are also a key to Jewish survival

Putin Warned of Fascism in Ukraine, But a Look Across Europe Suggests He’s to Blame

A visit to Kiev’s Jewish institutions reveals Jews there are less concerned about their neighbors at home than the bully next door

Everyone Knows That Kids Today Are Spoiled. Is Everyone Wrong?

Author Alfie Kohn bucks conventional wisdom about parenting. He makes some good points, when he’s not simply being contrarian.

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