The Bible Unearthed: A Review

The Bible Unearthed is a book and documentary on the theories of Israel Finkelstein, a professor of archaeology at Tel Aviv University, and Neil Asher Silberman, a contributing editor for Archaeology Magazine. The documentary discusses the archaeological evidence of the stories contained in the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures). The Bible Unearthed presents the narrow academic view … More The Bible Unearthed: A Review

Orthodox Judaism and Italian Catholicism: An Ominous Parallel?

Modern day Israel faces a demographic crisis. Within its Orthodox communities the majority of young men choose to complete their education by attending yeshivot, centers for Torah study, instead of conventional universities (religious or secular) or participating in mandatory military service for their country. Within the yeshiva context, such students participate in exclusive Torah and … More Orthodox Judaism and Italian Catholicism: An Ominous Parallel?

A Visit to Ramle

I recently had the good fortune to visit the Karaite Synagogue in Ramle. Karaites have been living in Ramle for about 800 years–longer than Britain has had a parliament. Such a lengthy history is incredible, especially from an American perspective. The synagogue is a beautiful building with white tile lining the walls. The elevated platform … More A Visit to Ramle