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Let My People Go Reviews Let My People GoLocked Many of the heroes of the Soviet Jewry movement have been unsung, until now.
Law in the Desert Readings Law in the DesertLocked Studying the weekly portion with Jerome, Nachmanides, and others, the seemingly tedious parts of Exodus become compelling.
Fiction and Forgiveness Reviews Fiction and Forgiveness Dara Horn’s novel goes down to Egypt to guide its perplexed characters through a Joseph story.

The Last Word

"Yoni was better at computer science than he was at diplomacy but his patriotism was unalloyed. Not long after this bull session, he turned down a hefty offer from MIT in order to return to Israel, because he was afraid that if he didn’t go back right away he might never return."

From "Jokes and Justice" by Allan Arkush | Spring 2014

Frogs Frogs, Griffins, and Jews Without Hats: How My Children Illuminated the Haggadah

About a decade ago, just before Passover, I found myself in a Conservative synagogue in Riverdale, New York, discussing the way that the magnificent 14th-century illuminated Spanish "Golden Haggadah" illustrated the plague of frogs. I was pointing out the fact that the image—which shows Aaron striking a large frog and many other, smaller frogs emerging from it—depicted not only scripture, but also a midrash found in Tanchuma and mentioned by Rashi. Since Exodus 8:2 uses the singular "the frog emerged" when describing the plague, this interpretive tradition suggested that only one frog initially came out of the Nile.


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