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Christians, the Talmud, and American Politics

Ari Lamm explores a recent instance of talmudic censorship, as well as its implications for thinking about Jewish-Christian relations and American society at large.

Lessons Learned from the Professor: A Tribute to Prof. Louis Feldman

Shlomo Riskin remembers how Yeshiva University's late Professor Louis Feldman helped him make the greatest decision of his life.

Chosenness and Bias in the Jewish Community

Alan Kadish offers a vision for how Orthodox Jews should think about "chosenness."

The Wanderings of Adam and Cain – A Tale of Midrashic Migration

Shlomo Zuckier on the mechanics of a midrashic motif.

Who Will Defend Maimonides? Rav Soloveitchik on the Mishneh Torah and the Guide

With the aid of some new primary sources, David Curwin offers a fresh view of the Rav's embrace of Rambam and his most important writings.

This 9th of Av: Do We Sing with Yehudah Ha-Levi, or on Account of...

Rabbi Yaakov Jaffe comments on the poetry, context, and tension of Yehuda Ha-Levi's "Tziyon Halo Tishali" Kinnah.

The Voice and the Sword: A Meta-Narrative in Rashi

Dan Jutan locates a fascinating meta-narrative within Rashi's commentary.

The Giving of the Torah and the Beginning of Eternity: Reflections on Revelation, Innovation,...

Eli Rubin reflects on the meaning of revelation, innovation, and history at the giving of the Torah.

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol’s Finest Hour

Zev Eleff explores the enduring legacy of the recently destroyed Beth Hamedrash Hagadol on Norfolk Street.

A Religion Without Visual Art? The Rav and the Myth of Jewish Art

If Kant or Hegel had read Rambam or the Shulhan Arukh, they might have known that Jewish law does not actually proscribe the creation of images. But that was not the way of history. It is important to reclaim visual culture and aesthetics for religious Judaism so that beauty can be allowed to inspire halakhically bound actions, to color worship, and give meaning to our rituals.