Spinoza on the Divinity of Scripture

Steven Nadler, a Spinoza expert at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explains that the Bible's divine nature lies in its moral teachings.

Is toleration possible in a liberal society?

In Michael Rosenthal's view, modern liberal society both benefits and is challenged by the ideal of toleration promoted by Baruch Spinoza.

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Manna from heaven: Bumuelos, a Sephardic Hanukkah treat

Tracing a Sephardic holiday dessert from the Sinai desert to the shores of Seattle.

The Flavor of Rhodes: Paradise Lost, Recipe Saved

The art of the boreka told through the Ladino letters of Rachel Shemarya.

Jews, Muslims, and the Limits of Tolerance

Non-Muslims were accepted in the Ottoman Empire, but the tolerance policy for Jews had limits. Devin E. Naar suggests why tolerance is a double-edged idea.

The High Holidays in Ladino: a Rhodesli Custom from Romania to Johannesburg, Seattle, and Beyond.

Follow the journey of Rabbi Israel's poetic translations of Sephardic liturgy into the twenty-first century.

Reading the Bible Between the Lines in Aviya Kushner’s Grammar of God

One of the deep pleasures of exploring the Bible with Aviya Kushner is finding the foreignness in a familiar text.

The Ethics of Our Fathers in the Sephardic Tradition

Explore the Sephardic custom of chanting Pirke Avot during the Omer period leading up to Shavuot.