Many have marveled at the wisdom of the biblical books attributed to King Solomon. Here, in a new translation by Robert Alter, is Proverbs' account of the birth of Wisdom herself, from The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes: A Translation with Commentary, now out with Norton.
The reimagining of an ancient architectural ritual.
The surprising story of Elias Bickerman and his scholarship.
Despite its tiny numbers, the Hasidic group known as Chabad or Lubavitch has transformed the Jewish world. Not only the most successful contemporary Hasidic sect, it might be the most successful Jewish religious movement of the second half of the twentieth century. But two new books raise provocative questions about it.
A popular new book deals with differences between the world's religions, but misses the mark in several of them.
Part of Trilling's mystique came from the way he seemed "to be a Jew and yet not Jewish."
There was once a custom for a pregnant woman to bite off the tip of the etrog at the end of Sukkot. This excerpt includes the text of a Yiddish prayer, or tkhine, that the pregnant woman is instructed to recite based on an interpretation of Genesis 3:6.
The greatest Hebrew poet gets the English bio he deserves.
The author of Life of Pi trivializes the Holocaust.
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