Letters, Summer 2024

Letters, Summer 2024

Marginally Nabokov Thank you for Allegra Goodman’s excellent review of Maya Arad’s newly translated collection of novellas, The Hebrew Teacher (“Od Tireh, Od Tireh . . .,” Spring 2024). I…

On the Origins of Judaism: An Exchange

On the Origins of Judaism: An Exchange

In our Winter 2024 issue, Malka Simkovich took a deep dive into Yonatan Adler’s thought-provoking new book, The Origins of Judaism: An Archeological-Historical Reappraisal. Her review explored Adler’s argument that Judaism as we know…

The Romance and Rage of Rashbi

The Romance and Rage of Rashbi

Elli Fischer

In the technical halakhic sense, Lag BaOmer is not really a festival, and it is not attested to in any of the classical sources. So how did the Hilula de-Rashbi, as the Meron Lag BaOmer celebration is called, become such a large, and largely Hasidic, pilgrimage—and rave?