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The Yiddish–Dutch–German "Smallpox" Exchange

The Yiddish–Dutch–German "Smallpox" Exchange

Which language was patient zero for the old expression, “We’ve been smallpoxed and measled”?

March 21 2018 12:01AM
How to Confront a Crisis of Cultural Confidence

How to Confront a Crisis of Cultural Confidence

In his new book, Leon Kass shows Americans how to honor the benefits of liberal democracy, including individual freedom and human equality, while recognizing their high costs.

March 15 2018 12:01AM
The Unprecedented Bible Portraits of Francisco de Zurbarán

The Unprecedented Bible Portraits of Francisco de Zurbarán

In his paintings of Jacob and his twelve sons, the 17th-century Spanish master humanizes his subjects, rendering them approachable and individual rather than remote and ethereal.

March 14 2018 12:01AM
My Early Life with Arabic

My Early Life with Arabic

We were the descendants of Isaac. The Arabs, descendants of Ishmael, were therefore not only our neighbors but also our family members, our cousins.

March 8 2018 12:01AM
How True is "The Crown" on the Suez Cover-Up?

How True is "The Crown" on the Suez Cover-Up?

In the hit showQueen Elizabeth II puts the British prime minister in check for his secret plan to attack Egypt. In real life, he was checkmated by David Ben-Gurion.

March 1 2018 12:01AM
Science, Faith, and the Microbiologist Who Became the Patriarch of a Family of Committed Hasidim
Feb. 28 2018 12:01AM
What's with the Talk about an Aliyah of the Soul?

What's with the Talk about an Aliyah of the Soul?

A strange new case of linguistic evolution.

Feb. 21 2018 12:01AM
The Self-Actualizing Zionism of A.D. Gordon

The Self-Actualizing Zionism of A.D. Gordon

How a philosopher who had never before engaged in hard physical work moved to Palestine, became an ascetic day laborer, and inspired a movement.

Feb. 15 2018 12:30AM
The Auto-Anti-Semitism of Yosef Hayyim Brenner

The Auto-Anti-Semitism of Yosef Hayyim Brenner

Why is the writing of this great modern Hebrew novelist so dark and anguished, and why does so much of it take such a ferociously negative view of Jews?

Feb. 14 2018 12:01AM
How Religious Belief Can Play a Role in Politics

How Religious Belief Can Play a Role in Politics

A noted philosopher’s critique of one of liberalism’s most treasured theories clears room for a conception of politics informed by Judaism.

Feb. 8 2018 12:01AM
No, the Mysterious Voynich Manuscript Is Not Written in Hebrew

No, the Mysterious Voynich Manuscript Is Not Written in Hebrew

Despite the silly claims of two computer scientists.

Feb. 7 2018 12:01AM
The Problem with the Tablets

The Problem with the Tablets

The Cecil B. DeMille version of the revelation at Sinai, in which Moses ascends the mountain on his own and returns bearing tablets, misses key aspects of the Israelites’ experience.

Feb. 1 2018 12:01AM
Nicole Krauss's New Novel Plants a Forest. It Fails to Thrive.

Nicole Krauss's New Novel Plants a Forest. It Fails to Thrive.

Forest Dark is dazzling and promises insight into, among other things, contemporary Israel, but in the end it doesn’t deliver.

Jan. 31 2018 12:01AM