Queen Aster and Queen Esther

Ariel Clark Silver describes how Queen Esther’s story inspired women’s rights activist Louisa May Alcott’s short fable of an Aster who wisely ruled the kingdom of the flowers.

A Journey Across the Ages: Esther in America

Jennifer Caplan reviews Esther in America, a timely volume featuring essays by a number of Lehrhaus editors that addresses how the characters and themes of Megillat Esther have been integrated into American thought and culture over time.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Theory of Education

In this review of a new book by Aryeh Solomon, Ilan Fuchs explores how for the Lubavitcher Rebbe, teaching and learning are a sacred calling leading toward spiritual growth.

A New Coffee-Table Humash is a Gateway to Academic Biblical Scholarship

As we begin to read Sefer Shemot, Yosef Lindell explores Koren Publishers' first edition in its new series, The Tanakh of the Land of Israel, including an analysis of Rabbi Sacks' first and only full translation of a full sefer of Tanakh.

Re-reading Bereishit: A Review of David Fohrman’s New Book

Tammy Jacobowitz reviews David Forman's latest book, a companion to Sefer Bereishit, and finds engaging, instructive literary analysis that pulls new insights from familiar stories.

The Torah of the Kishkes

In honor of the recent release of Moshe Koppel's new Koren/Maggid book, Judaism Straight Up: Why Real Religion Endures, Elli Fischer traces the decades-long trajectory of Koppel's "Torah of the Kishkes" philosophy of Judaism.

“Do Not Summarize Me on Wikipedia.” The Thought of Hanan Ben Ari

Natan Oliff analyzes the deep philosophical messages in the music of Israeli singer Hanan Ben Ari.

A Cosmic Puzzle Best Left Unsolved: A Review of Harold Gans’s New Book

Ben Rothke reviews Harold Gans's new book The Cosmic Puzzle: A Scientific Investigation into the Existence of God, asking the question: Is the proof of God best left to the scientific method?

Backyard Prayer (Covid-19)

Akiva Shapiro depicts the experience of outdoor prayers during the pandemic.

This is not a poem

This is Not a Poem and other soon-to-be-published high holiday poems by Yehiel Poupko.