The Delicate Power of Modern Orthodox Judaism

As long as the Modern Orthodox community can work on civil discourse, it can face its unique challenges and continue to transmit its core values. By Shuli Taubes


High Stakes For Politically Liberal Modern Orthodox Jews

Can young Modern Orthodox Jews remain in such a tight-knit community while holding political positions opposed to those of their neighbors or rabbis? By Shira Hanau

Truth For Children

In the wake of World War II, French Jewish thinkers turned to the Hebrew Bible and rabbinic canons to narrate a Jewish past and future. By Sarah Hammerschlag

Her Sister’s Blouse

Jewish and Holocaust museums play a role in preserving and creating Jewish memory and in contributing to the development of communal identity. By Avril Alba

A ‘View Of Judaism in its Own Terms’

Harvard’s trajectory from Christian Hebraism to modern Jewish Studies and one larger-than-life professor critical to the transition. By Jon D. Levenson


Writing from a Paradoxical Place

A writer considers her tradition’s inheritance of childless women and finds strength in her heroines of Jewish literature. By Courtney Sender

God Talks: Neil Gillman Remembered

Rabbi Neil Gillman pushed his students to think about theology with more rigor and more imagination. By Daniel Ross Goodman

The Rise of the ‘Holy Spirit’ in Kabbalah

The rise of the ‘holy spirit’ in medieval Kabbalah marks a dramatic development in the history of Jewish mysticism. By Adam Afterman

On Exile and Elsewhere

A lively conversation with author André Aciman on the self-help book he never wrote and why a sense of irony is a Jewish trait. Benjamin Balint and André Aciman

A Rabbi on Our ‘Moral Emergency’

To be an acculturated Jew in America today is to vacillate between a sense of belonging and otherness. By Jordie Gerson

In Review


Jewish Creators, Resonant Themes: Comics as Midrash

The superhero comic book and the graphic novel were both Jewish inventions. By Hillary Chute and Emmy Waldman


Jewish Identity and Biblical Exposition in Darren Aronofsky’s Films

Evaluating the use of ancient Jewish modes of interpretation in Aronofsky’s mother! and Noah. By Eric X. Jarrard


Savoring the Biblical Origins of Jewish Food

A Q&A with Joan Nathan on her latest cookbook, King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World. By Robert Israel


An Alternative Theology of Destruction: Aligning with Suffering Jewish Flesh

Julia Watts Belser’s Rabbinic Tales of Destruction: Gender, Sex, and Disability in the Ruins of Jerusalem. By Miriam-Simma Walfish


Pinpointing the Exodus from Egypt

An edited chapter from איך נולד התנ”ך [How The Bible Was Born]. By Israel Knohl


Two Poems

Near the End of June

In Ezekiel

By Jennifer Barber


Three Poems

Prayers of a Heretic

By the Way

I’ll Dress You in Silken Wings

By Abraham Chalfi, translated from the Hebrew by Atar Hadari



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Embodied Practices, (Re)lived History

Yom Kippur is one example in Judaism demonstrating the way in which the past becomes an ever-present history—a history that is relived, reenacted, every day, through every prayer, in every holiday. By Rachel Slutsky


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