Louis Jacobs

Amen

Word found at the end of prayers has a long, complex history.

Rashba

Solomon Ibn Adret wrote numerous Medieval responsa.

Moses Sofer

Austro-Hungarian rabbi who fought against the influence of Reform.

The Death Penalty in Jewish Tradition

Though the Torah prescribed capital punishment for certain crimes, the rabbis moderated its use.

The Circumcision Debate

While Jewish critics have arisen in modern times, brit milah is still widely practiced.

Ecclesiastes

Despite the cynical tone of Ecclesiastes, it has been given a place of joy and honor in the Jewish cycle of readings.

The Editing of the Talmud

How the sages' debates across many generations became the monumental works known as the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds

Jeremiah: Prophet of Judgment and of Hope

Jeremiah's tragic message is conveyed by both his prophecies and account of Jerusalem's destruction, but he also gives his people hope.

Hasidism’s Many Critics: Mitnagdim and Maskilim

Traditionalists as well as modernists opposed Hasidism on social, theological and cultural grounds.