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It’s Hip to Be Square

By On March 14, 2012

Most people have a definite mental image of what matzah should look like: It’s evenly perforated, crunchy, and square. However, if you showed a piece of contemporary Manischewitz matzah to a Jew of the past–whether… Read More


One Fat Pharaoh

By On December 10, 2011

How did the Israelites escape from their slavery in Egypt? If you trust Roy L. Moody, a doctor who visited Egypt in the 1920s, their miraculous rescue was due in no small part to the corpulence of… Read More


Minority Report

By On March 9, 2011

News reports can be famously subjective. An event that’s described as a violent uprising by one person could be an inspirational revolution by others. The Bible also features competing accounts of the same incident.… Read More


No One Is All Bad

By On December 21, 2010

  Like any compelling story, the saga of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt has bad guys–the Egyptians–and  good guys–Moses and, well, God. Yet Rashi, a medieval commentator, makes a surprising comment about how we’re supposed to feel about… Read More