Michah Gottlieb

The Founder of Jewish Studies

In 1818, a 23-year-old university student named Leopold Zunz published a 30-page essay with the modest title “On Rabbinic Literature.” He could scarcely have imagined his impact.

Re-Intoxicated by God

The way out is clearly marked: Intense Talmud study leads to intense study of science and philosophy. Spinoza was (in fact, sometimes still is) a crucial step along the path out.

Are We All Protestants Now?

 Leora Batnitzky's new book charts the development of modern Jewish thought.

Sincere Irony

In a new book about religious moderation, William Egginton makes some good points, along with a few immoderate claims.

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