The Children’s Book About R. Aharon Lichtenstein That Belongs on Your...
Tzvi Sinensky reviews the new volume about R. Aharon Lichtenstein from Divrei Shir’s Hebrew-language “Gedolei ha-Umah le-Yaldei Yisrael,” explaining why it is a must-read for adults and children alike.
A Return to Moderation: Rabbi Lamm’s Passionate Plea for Civility
Tzvi Sinensky examines Rabbi Lamm’s lifelong commitment to civility.
The Myth of Jewish Male Menstruation
In older times, Christian New Year’s Day celebrations were sometimes marked by antisemitic incidents. Although such days are behind us, Tzvi Sinensky recalls the antisemitic canard that Jewish men menstruated, a pervasive and disturbing myth that demeaned Jews and all women.
Masculinity and the Hanukkah Hero: Toward a New Interpretation of Biblical...
The Maccabees were renowned as gibborim. But what exactly is gevurah, and what does it mean for dicussions about manhood and Zionism? Tzvi Sinensky uses Hanukkah as a starting point for this contemporary conversation.
Between “Reid” and Learning: Behag on Sefirat Ha-Omer
Tzvi Sinensky comments on the pitfalls of being overly dependent on the "Talmudic reid."
Mikra Bikkurim at the Seder: A View from Deuteronomy
Tzvi Sinensky suggests that we can best understand the Haggadah against the backdrop of Sefer Devarim.
Vashti: Feminist or Foe?
Tzvi Sinensky contends that the rabbinic and feminist readings of Vashti are not diametrically opposed.
Unorthodox? How Megillat Esther Justifies the Holiday of Purim
Tzvi Sinensky suggests that the Megillah itself confronts the question of Purim's legitimacy.
Haggai: Prophet of Elul
Tzvi Sinensky on how Sefer Haggai unlocks the meaning of Hodesh Elul.
Tu be-Av and the Concubine of Givah
Tzvi Sinensky explores the Biblical origins of Tu be-Av.