Mark Gerson

Author Archive

  • Apr 23, 2021
    It is often said that we live in a "secular age," a term popularised as the title of Charles Taylor’s famous book.  For several decades in the lead-up to the turn of the...
  • Apr 2, 2021
    In synagogues everywhere this month, we started the third book of the Torah — Vayikra (or Leviticus).  Leviticus does not have the deeply engrossing family drama of...
  • Mar 26, 2021
    Passover is the greatest Jewish holiday and the Bible tells us exactly what it is: the authentic, biblically ordained Jewish new year, as well as our spring festival. These two...
  • Mar 22, 2021
    Telling the story of the Exodus from Egypt allows Jews to share a spiritual experience across time and space.
  • Mar 19, 2021
    The prerequisite to understanding any story is answering the question: What is its genre?  This might seem like an easy task, but it's really not.  Let's say that someone...
  • Mar 12, 2021
    If there were a contest for the least Jewish expression in popular parlance, a leading contender might be: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words shall never hurt...
  • Mar 8, 2021
    What would you guess the Book of Exodus might say about clothing? My guess is that answers would fall into two general categories.  First: The Bible would probably say that...
  • Feb 16, 2021
    The parsha (Torah portion) we Jews read last week in synagogue was about the greatest moment in the history of humankind: when God gave the Ten Commandments (and, according to some...