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What is the Jewish ‘leap month’?

The deepest secret of Judaism is sod ha’ibbur, literally, “the secret of the intercalation.” “Intercalation” refers to the reconciliation of the solar and the...

Our copyboy at the Evening Star

Our copyboy ingratiated himself with one reporter after another. He convinced his boss to let him ride with the night reporter who covered murders and fires. Boy, did he...

Are we facing ‘voter suppression?’

To get behind President Biden's generalizations — to know if the right to vote is being suppressed — specifics are necessary.

Can the dead hear the living?

Can the dead hear what the living say about them? This question is addressed in a Talmudic passage. Initially, I paraphrase it without any comment whatsoever.

Golan Heights — taking yes for an answer

In a report on the Golan Heights in its current issue, the Economist writes that Israel “seized” most of the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six Day War in 1967....

Thank G-d for the unanswered prayers

“Often a person prays for something that is not ultimately in his best interest. We therefore ask that He accept only those requests that are for our ultimate good...

Trees, vaccines, recipes…

The other day NPR featured a report on the world’s oldest tree. I forget precisely where it’s located, but it’s somewhere deep in the southern hemisphere.

The tape recorder

When tape recorders first came out, they were huge and unwieldy. They were about 12” wide by 12” long x 10” high, and they weighed 15 or 20 pounds. The […]

Why would Iran re-enter a nuclear deal?

The Biden administration’s approach to a potentially nuclear Iran is badly mistaken. Evil is not acknowledged.

Why did the Syrian Greeks hate the Jews?

No doubt, the conflict between the Maccabees and the Syria Greeks of the Chanukah story had a political dimension.