March 16, 2022

The BEST: The Bridal Canopy

For this Purim-edition of “The BEST” Jeffrey Saks offers a reading of S.Y. Agnon’s “The Bridal Canopy” and its message for the holiday. “Naturally, if this novel’s plot twist is to take place on any particular day of the year, Purim is pre-programmed for such a thing. On this holiday of masks and disguised identities, what is concealed will be revealed, and God works it all out for his faithful in the end.”
March 15, 2022

RESPONSE: On the Longevity of the Ancient 

Responding to Eric Lawee’s recent essay about the long-lived ancients of the book of Genesis, Edward Reichman brings to our attention interesting scientific research revealing secrets that lay dormant, in our genetic code, unappreciated for centuries. Might “living until 120” one day be considered a tragically short life?
March 13, 2022

The Hidden Meaning of Esther’s Double Yud

Megillat Esther is a scroll of hiding and seeking – its mysteries have not yet been fully revealed. In this unmasking of one of the book’s curiosities Phyllis Silverman Kramer and Mordecai Kramer explore the 6 appearances of the word Yehudim with a double-yud spelling and correlate them to 6 particular miracles and corresponding halakhic observances.
March 10, 2022

PODCAST: Dispatch from Ukraine

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