Wednesday, December 12th | 4 Tevet 5779


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Rabbi Jeremy Rosen received his rabbinic ordination from Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He also studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Cambridge University, and went on to earn his PhD in philosophy. He has worked in the rabbinate, Jewish education, and academia for more than forty years, in Europe and the US. He currently lives in the USA, where he writes, teaches, lectures, and serves as rabbi of a small community in New York.

ARTICLES BY: Jeremy Rosen

December 9, 2018 9:24 am

Judaism, Haredi Intolerance, and Greek Culture

Judaism has engaged and locked horns with Greek culture for thousands of years. Alexander the Great permitted the Judeans to worship freely. But then the...

December 3, 2018 1:37 pm

Hanukkah Is the Perfect Answer to BDS

Boycotts rarely have the desired effects. At most, they can make the person who applies a boycott feel self-righteous. I have boycotted. In the '50s,...

November 27, 2018 9:55 am

The One Easy Answer: Blame the Jews

Every year when we come around to reading about Joseph and his brothers, I am reminded of a part of the Yom Kippur Ashkenazi service....

November 18, 2018 10:42 am

Who Is a Jew?

Israelites, Hebrews, Jews, whatever you call them, have been scattered and settled all over the place for thousands of years. It has become quite fashionable...

November 11, 2018 9:09 am

Making Sense of the Midterm Elections

Everyone seems to agree that the midterm elections in the US have been particularly bitter and antagonistic. But as an outsider who is now an...

November 4, 2018 11:18 am

Women, Hagar, and #MeToo

Since I wrote about Abraham last week, it seems only right in this era of #MeToo that I should write about a woman -- Hagar....

October 30, 2018 11:05 am

Death in Pittsburgh

The massacre of eleven Jews in a synagogue in Pittsburgh is not just about current antisemitism. Of course, the leprosy of antisemitism is as deep...

October 28, 2018 6:46 pm

Abraham: A Man for All Seasons

Abraham is revered by the major monotheistic religions. In Judaism, what he went through is constantly being re-examined to provide us with an example we...

October 19, 2018 3:21 pm

Billy Rose — and Why We Can’t Write Off ‘Secular’ and Non-Religious Jews

Who was Billy Rose? If you have visited the museum complex in Jerusalem, not far from the Knesset, you will be familiar with the Billy...

October 14, 2018 8:19 am

Are Bible Stories Really True?

At this time of the year, we re-read the early chapters of Genesis with their fantastic tales of creation and early humanity struggling to cope...

October 11, 2018 9:17 am

In Good Faith: Challenging Religion and Atheism

In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism by Scott A. Shay (Post Hill Press; 2018).  We now live in a world where, more than ever before, our...

October 5, 2018 8:12 am

Yuval Harari and Religion

I always enjoy reading books that challenge my preconceptions. Whether it was Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Hitchens, Pinker, or all the other atheists who hated religion,...

September 30, 2018 8:27 am

Genesis and the Marshmallow Experiment

I was reminded of the famous Marshmallow Experiment last week, when I read that Dr. Walter Mischel had died on September 12 at the age...

September 21, 2018 8:05 am

Sukkot and Impermanence

In discussing the festival of Sukkot, the Talmud gives all the various possible explanations for the origin and purpose of a Sukkah. Its final idea...


Richard Gere to Star in Apple Adaptation of Israeli Series ‘Nevelot’

Apple is negotiating for the rights to adapt an Israeli television series that...

Gal Gadot Shows Solidarity With Israeli Women Protesting Domestic Violence in Nationwide Strike

Israeli actress Gal Gadot expressed support for the thousands of women across Israel...


Is Your Bread Still Kosher? Arnold’s Bread Manufacturer Drops the OU - Bimbo Bakeries USA, which owns many of the nationally-distributed bread and...

Why Should We Light the Menorah With Olive Oil?

Below is an excerpt from the book The Light That Unites: A Chanukah Companion (OU Press) by Aaron Goldscheider. There are...

The Dead Sea Scrolls Monument

In 1946 or 1947 -- no one knows for certain -- a Bedouin goatherd nicknamed Muhammad the Wolf led his...


Jewish Teacher Sues Catholic School After Pupils ‘Threw Coins at Him,...

A former teacher at a Catholic high school in Montvale, New Jersey, alleged in a lawsuit last week that he was wrongly...


Palestinian Who Worked With Israel to Prevent Terror Attacks Describes PA T...

A Palestinian who worked with Israel to prevent terror attacks appeared before a Knesset committee on Tuesday and described his...

Middle East

Tourism in Bethlehem Booming as Christmas Nears

Bethlehem is enjoying its busiest Christmas season on record, the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism said on Monday, with hotels in the birthplace of Jesus almost fully booked for the holiday. Tourism...