Stuart Halpern

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Tablet The Virtues of Stubbornness 11 Jun
The Book of Ruth is often seen as a tale of loyalty and selflessness, focusing on Ruth's dedication to her mother-in-law Naomi and the eventual lineage of Ki...
11 Jun
Jewish Review of Books Ten Plagues, Three Acronyms, Seven Opinions 19 Apr
Rabbi Judah the Prince proposed the acronym Dtzakh Adash Bachav to summarize the ten plagues in the Haggadah, prompting diverse interpretations through the a...
19 Apr
Tablet Harry Truman’s Seder Message 19 Apr
Vice President Harry S. Truman delivered a Passover address in 1945, praising Jewish contributions to ethics and expressing gratitude for their resilience an...
19 Apr
Tablet The Enduring Power of Purim 21 Mar
Catharine Beecher, in 1829, used the story of Queen Esther from the Purim narrative as a model for advocating for Native Americans. She highlighted Esther's ...
21 Mar
Jewish Review of Books Washington’s Saving Shield 15 Feb
In a prayer composed 240 years ago by Hendla Jochanan van Oettingen of New York’s Congregation Shearith Israel, he prayed for George Washington shortly after...
15 Feb
Tablet The Forest for the Trees 24 Jan
This article discusses the history and significance of Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish New Year for Trees. The author narrates a story from 1914, when schoolchildren...
24 Jan
Tablet Joseph Sings the Blues 29 Dec 2023
Albert Murray, a Black author and influential figure in the music industry, wrote extensively about the connection between jazz, the blues, and the biblical ...
29 Dec 2023
Tablet An Ancient Fast Day’s Modern Resonance 19 Dec 2023
The article discusses the ancient siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonian forces, which is commemorated on the fast day of the 10th of Tevet. It draws parallels...
19 Dec 2023
Tablet Who Is ‘The Red One’? 7 Dec 2023
"Maoz Tzur," a popular Hanukkah song, recounts Jewish history and expresses longing for the restoration of the Temple in Jerusalem. The song references bibli...
7 Dec 2023
Tablet Today’s Terahs 27 Oct 2023
The article explores the biblical figure of Terah, the father of Abraham, and his role in the narrative of God's command to Abram to go to the land of Canaan...
27 Oct 2023