An essential reminder of what it’s like to feel out of place

Combining the holiday’s tradition of study with the American tradition of the 24-hour diner

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Sweet Blintzes? The Horror!

We’re Litvaks from the Midwest. Can we get some respect for our savory ways?

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God Bless Shavuot, the Holiday of 40-Year-Olds

Low on thrills and deep in meaning, just like adulthood

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A Walking Tour of Secret Jerusalem

From the mundane to the sublime, Sarah Tuttle-Singer, author of a new book about the city, knows its mysteries, earthly and divine

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Whither Thou Goest

Ruth the Moabite said she’d follow her mother-in-law, Naomi, anywhere, making her an enduring symbol of loyalty, faith, and determination. Just in time for Shavuot, when the Book of Ruth is read, we present three modern-day Ruth stories.

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The Conversion Episode

Ep. 136: In honor of Shavuot, stories from people around the globe who have chosen to be Jewish

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Vegans Give Shavuot a New Taste

In Israel, growing numbers of people are avoiding dairy—the basis for many of the holiday’s famous recipes. So chefs are creating new recipes that everyone can enjoy.

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13 Inconvenient Truths About What Has Been Happening in Gaza

The reality is much messier than the partisan echo chambers would have you believe

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The Assault on Kirkuk: A Firsthand Account

A frontline Kurdish peshmerga officer describes what it was like to be abandoned by the West in Iraq in October of 2017

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Obama and the Iranian Nuclear Threat

In an excerpt from Ehud Barak’s ‘My Country, My Life,’ the former defense minister discloses the debate over Israel’s attack plan, and a fateful conversation with President Barack Obama

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The Catholic Priest Who Became an Orthodox Jew

Before modern conversion was widespread, Abraham Carmel, a former Anglican turned Catholic, dove into Judaism with a desire to teach its tenets, a disdain for liberalism, and a willingness to criticize the leadership that resisted his entry into the faith

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The Industrial Removal Office

Letters to and from the early-20th-century immigration service that sent thousands of Jews to America’s heartland

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Cannes Diary, Episode 2: Harvey Weinstein Is Gone. Lars von Trier Returns. Kurdish Women Fight Alongside Han Solo.

Israeli offerings at the celebrated film festival are lackluster, and even the oligarchs seem cowed in a glamour industry facing its reckoning