The find comes ahead of Tisha B’Av, which commemorates the destruction of Jerusalem and the first and second temples by the Babylonians and Romans.
A new exhibition of ancient clay tablets discovered in modern-day Iraq is shedding light for the first time on the daily life of Jews exiled to Babylon some 2,500 years ago.
Some Torah laws, such as an eye for an eye, also appeared in the Hammurabi Code of ancient Iraq. That discovery leads Ruchama King Feuerman to a crisis of faith.
Might k’sil, the Hebrew name of the constellation Orion, have anything to do with the Hebrew month of Kislev? Our columnist weighs in.
Poi Dog Pondering's Frank Orrall, NPR host and comedian, Brian Babylon, Field Museum artist in residence and chef John Manion of La Sirena Clandestina join host Elysabeth Alfano for the April 1 Dinner Party at City Winery.
Philologos explains how the Genesis creation story may come from a Babylonian myth about an epic civil war where the gods attack the followers of Tiamat, the goddess of salt-water.
The story goes that a certain heathen approached the Jewish sage Shammai and asked to be converted, on the condition that he is taught the entire Torah while standing on one foot. Indignant at receiving such a ludicrous request, Shammai chased the man away. Undeterred, the heathen then approached the sage Hillel with the same request. Hillel replied with what Jews regard as the golden rule: “That which is hateful unto you, do not do unto your neighbor. This is the whole Torah, all the rest is commentary. Now, go and study.”
The genetics blog at DiscoverMagazine.com, Gene Expression, has an eye-opening post peeling away some of the more intriguing layers in the big new study of Jewish genetic patterns that was published June 3 in the American Journal of Human Genetics and reported the next day in the Forward’s own Shmooze blog.