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.

Maine

A Spiritual Frontier Opens for Business.

By Brook Wilensky-Lanford

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