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Swearing in Time and Place

Swearing in Time and Place

In Hebrew, Arabic, English, German, or any other language, taboo words are curious things.

Jan. 24 2018 12:01AM
David Ben-Gurion's 1940 Mission to Rouse the Fighting Spirit of American Jews

David Ben-Gurion's 1940 Mission to Rouse the Fighting Spirit of American Jews

As millions of Jews fell under the Nazi yoke, Zionism’s foremost leader came to America with one goal. He didn’t achieve it.

Jan. 17 2018 12:01AM
How Evil Became Personified

How Evil Became Personified

The story of the biblical word b’liya’al.

Jan. 11 2018 12:47AM
The Other Other L. Strauss

The Other Other L. Strauss

Meet Lewis (not Levi, and not Leo) Strauss, the now-forgotten American Jew who helped German Jews escape the Nazis, played a key role in developing nuclear weapons, and more.

Jan. 10 2018 12:01AM
Joseph vs. Moses: A Comparison

Joseph vs. Moses: A Comparison

One engages in dialogue with his fellow Jews, and one engages in a dialogue with God. What’s the meaning of the difference?

Jan. 4 2018 12:01AM
The Fantasy of an International Jerusalem

The Fantasy of an International Jerusalem

One-hundred years ago, over a lunch, the internationalization of Jerusalem became irrelevant—and it remains so.

Dec. 28 2017 12:01AM
Best Books of the Year, as Selected by Mosaic Authors

Best Books of the Year, as Selected by Mosaic Authors

Spy games, catch-67s, lionesses, smugglers, patriots, setting suns, and more.

Dec. 27 2017 12:01AM
Israel's New Friends in Right-Wing Places

Israel's New Friends in Right-Wing Places

Many are dismayed at the recent embrace of Israel by some unsavory national leaders; Zionism’s founding father would see it as a vindication of his vision.

Dec. 21 2017 12:01AM
The Intellectual Struggle Hidden in Hanukkah’s Best-Known Song

The Intellectual Struggle Hidden in Hanukkah’s Best-Known Song

The Maccabean revolt wasn’t just about independence. It was a culture war between those who embraced “Greek wisdom” and those who believed in transcendent, divine knowledge.

Dec. 14 2017 12:01AM
The Merits—and the Limits—of Democracy Promotion in the Middle East

The Merits—and the Limits—of Democracy Promotion in the Middle East

In his new book, a veteran foreign-policy official and analyst provides a riveting 40-year history of the idea that human rights should be more than two nice-sounding words.

Dec. 13 2017 12:01AM
An Eye-Opening Introduction to the Jewish Influence on America's Founding

An Eye-Opening Introduction to the Jewish Influence on America's Founding

A new online course illuminates how Jewish teachings, combined with the age’s best Enlightenment sensibilities, helped to create and to guide the young republic.

Dec. 12 2017 2:44AM
The Ultimate Portrayal of the Ultimate Example of the Unhappy Family

The Ultimate Portrayal of the Ultimate Example of the Unhappy Family

What Rembrandt’s etching of Joseph and his family shows us about Judaism, and mankind.

Dec. 7 2017 12:01AM
Judah the Maccabee, Judah the Mace-Man

Judah the Maccabee, Judah the Mace-Man

A modest suggestion for a new way of thinking about the original meaning of the word “Maccabee.”

Dec. 6 2017 12:01AM