Judaism

How the Christian Bible Became Separated Into ‘Old’ and ’New’

How the Christian Bible Became Separated Into ‘Old’ and ’New’

There is no firmly established technical term for the Bible in Judaism. The Hebrew scriptures may simply be referred to as “the Bible,” and the term “Jewish Bible” is sometimes used to distinguish it from the Christian Bible. In Hebrew, terms such as miqra (“scripture”) or kitve haqqodesh (“sacred texts”

Konrad Schmid and Jens Schröter
Konrad Schmid and Jens Schröter
10 min read
Religion
‘We Never Looked Back’: Ruth Wisse on the Jewish Refugees Who Built New Lives in Montreal

‘We Never Looked Back’: Ruth Wisse on the Jewish Refugees Who Built New Lives in Montreal

After their flight from Egypt, the children of Israel are doomed to spend 40 years in the desert: it takes that long for the whining and backsliding rabble to begin its transformation into a liberated people. The Bible seems to mock their trek from one watering hole to another as

Ruth R. Wisse
Ruth R. Wisse
14 min read
Judaism
Maternal Lessons in Politics from a Jewish Iraqi-American Ping Pong Champion

Maternal Lessons in Politics from a Jewish Iraqi-American Ping Pong Champion

Whenever I would whine about some minor inconvenience while growing up in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, my mother would say, “You should try living in Iraq for a while.” It was a subject she knew something about. She was just four months old when about 200 of her fellow

David Bernstein
David Bernstein
7 min read
Iraq