Category: Judaism

After the Death of Chabad’s Messiah

Why do Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson’s followers in Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidism continue to believe in his messianic identity more than 26 years after his demise? By Joseph Newfield

Jewish Leaders Try Nontraditional Engagement

The 2013 Pew study on Jewish Americans prompted some leaders to take a new approach in engaging intermarried and young Jews disinterested in the traditional religious aspects of Judaism. By Shira Hanau

A View From the Minaret

A day trip to Caesarea spurs memories of a childhood visit and reflections on how a disastrous past can go unseen even when it is in full view. By Linda Dittmar

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

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

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

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

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

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