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The Evolution of Israeli Cuisine

Increasingly trendy worldwide, Israeli food mixes the flavors of the Middle East and the Jewish Diaspora.

The Torah

Five books of story, law, and poetry divided into 54 weekly portions.

Elijah the Prophet

As the herald of the messianic age and a recurring figure in Jewish folklore, Elijah's legacy surpasses that of virtually all the other prophets of Israel.

By the Rivers of Babylon We Remember Zion

This famous psalm is read on the eve of Tisha B'Av and sets the tone for an emotionally challenging holiday.

The Prohibition Against Studying Torah on Tisha B’Av

Why would learning sacred Jewish texts be forbidden on this day of fasting and mourning?

Did God Write the Torah — and Does it Matter?

For many Jews, the Torah's authority does not derive from being a divine document.

The Three Weeks

The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem is commemorated with a period of mourning.

Who Was Maimonides?

A philosopher, physician, rabbinic scholar and more, Maimonides was the most famous Jew of the premodern age.

The Jews of Kaifeng: China’s Only Native Jewish Community

Tolerance and assimilation led to the near-disappearance of a Chinese Jewish community over 1,000 years old.

Deutero-Isaiah: A Prophet of Comfort

After first Isaiah’s message of rebuke, another writing under his name came to comfort Israel with immortal poetry.

Amos: Channeling the Wrath of God’s Justice

Amos' prophecy shows that God's wrath blazes so fiercely precisely because of God's compassion for the weak and the marginalized.

Ezekiel: Prophecy as Performance Art

The fourth chapter of the Book of Ezekiel finds God instructing the prophet to perform a series of bizarre tasks.