History and Culture

An early 16th-century painting of Adam and Eve by the German painter Lucas Cranach the Elder.

What Does the Bible Tell Us About Shame?

Biblical scholar Anthony Lipscomb argues that the ancient Hebrews thought of shame very differently than we do. What can we learn from them?  

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Indian spices

Author Esther David traveled the country to discover its culinary traditions and delights.

An illustration of the Queen of Sheba from Konrad Kyeser's "Bellifortis" ("Strong in War"), a military treatise from Germany circa 1405.

Professor Jillian Stinchcomb traces the depiction of the Queen from the Bible through the Qur’an to the medieval origin story of the Ethiopian royal family.

German soldiers parade on the Champs Élysées in Paris on June 14, 1940.

In his new memoir, scientist Stanley Deser tells how he and his family grabbed everything and fled when the German soldiers stormed into France.

An iconic image connected to Jungfernhof projected onto the wall of the Šķirotava train station.

Scholar Karen Frostig is battling to preserve the memory of the Jungfernhof concentration camp in Latvia, where her grandparents perished. 

'Anti-Semitism in America'

Brandeis Now

Jonathan Sarna, one of the country's preeminent historians of American Judaism, offers his recommendations for anyone interested in understanding how we got to where we are today.