Judaism

Essay

Radical Mission: What is Aish HaTorah Trying to Teach Young Jews?

On my first visit to Jerusalem, in the summer of 2011, I asked an ultra-Orthodox Jew for directions to the nearest ritual bath. The man …

By Michael Schulson

Essay

Who Counts as a Jew?

On October 1, the Pew Research Center released “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” its much-anticipated sociological study. Among other results, the survey found high rates …

By Rachel Gross

Essay

On Anti-Semitic Tropes and the Naming of the Federal Reserve Chair

In a scene from the 2010 film The Social Network, the actor who portrays Larry Summers brushes off the WASPy Winklevoss twins, who come to …

By Rachel Gordan

Report

Evangelical Ketubah, Messianic Mezuzah: Judaica for Christians

Carrie Love is a self-professed “Scripture nerd.” Raised in an evangelical church in Louisiana, she now lives in Manhattan where she works at an educational …

By Hillary Kaell

Report

When Was the Last Time a Rabbi Prayed at a Presidential Inauguration?

  Last week, President Obama’s inaugural committee caused quite a stir after it announced who would be praying during the president’s second inauguration. Myrlie Evers-Williams, …

By Rachel Gordan

Profile

A Scholarly and Judaic Approach to Political Punditry

Brooke Baldwin, CNN’s news anchor, was chagrined. During the presidential election, despite a plethora of fact checking of candidates’ statements from both political parties and …

By Robert Israel

Report

Does Obama Have a Jewish Voter Problem?

President Obama has a Jewish problem, at least according to media reports. They pounced last year when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebuked the president …

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald

States of the Union

Writers tell us stories about where they discovered religion and politics in their states.

Illinois

An Autoworker Reconciles God and Mammon

By Christopher D. Cantwell

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